Today’s cuppa: dark-roast coffee (not sure if it’s from Chile, but it is from South America)

300x250.jpgIn an unusually fast turnaround for a PBS documentary, the science series “NOVA” has pulled “Crash of Flight 447” from Tuesday, Oct. 26 (rescheduling it for February 2011), to put in “Emergency Mine Rescue,” focusing on the miraculous rescue of 33 trapped miners in Chile (no. 31 has just come out of the ground as I type this).

(UPDATE: At just before 6 p.m. Pacific time, the 33rd and final miner, shift supervisor Luis Alberto Urzua, breathed free air after 69 days underground.)

Here’s the press release that came out today:

“EMERGENCY
MINE RESCUE” DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE EFFORTS TO SAVE 33 TRAPPED CHILEAN MINERS TO
AIR OCTOBER 26, 2010 ON PBS’s NOVA SCIENCE SERIES


The preeminent PBS science series NOVA has teamed up with Pioneer Productions
to produce the documentary “Emergency Mine Rescue,” a one-hour film
chronicling the fate of the 33 miners trapped in a collapsed Chilean gold and
copper mine in August and the ongoing efforts to save them, NOVA’s senior
executive producer Paula S. Apsell and executive producer Howard Swartz
announced today.

The special film follows the plight of the 33 men trapped underground and
investigates the many challenges faced by the miners and by those working
tirelessly around the clock in a desperate bid to bring them safely to the
surface.

A NOVA film crew has been on-site at the San Jos´┐Ż
mine in Chile
since September 5, just weeks after the collapse and the discovery that nearly
three dozen missing miners were still alive. NOVA’s Pioneer Productions crew
has gained special access and procured interviews that will give viewers a more
detailed account and the scientific perspective inherent in these unfolding
events.

In “Emergency Mine Rescue,” NOVA interviews engineers, NASA experts, medical
personnel, key figures from the companies providing drills and crucial rescue
equipment, and others. Actual footage from the scene and special animation will
be used to demonstrate the extraordinary feats of engineering, along with the
biological and geological factors involved in the rescue. The film will also
examine the psychological and physiological impact of this kind of prolonged
ordeal on the miners and those involved in the rescue efforts.

“Emergency Mine Rescue” will premiere Tuesday, October 26 at 8pm ET/PT on PBS
(please check local listings).

NOVA is reporting from on site in Chile, writing and posting updates
on the Inside NOVA blog: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/insidenova/.