Thank an Engineer: The Chilean Miner Rescue

The media’s treatment of the Chilean miner rescue is really getting under my skin.

It’s not luck (well, maybe a little.) It’s not a miracle. The heroes of this story aren’t vague spirits or chancy dice rolls.

The heroes of this story are tangible, identifiable people. Will we ever seen an interview with the foreman of the crew that drilled the rescue chute, the engineer who designed the drop basket or the cutting heads, or the geologist who read sonograms to find the safest and most stable path to the chamber? They measured many times and cut only once with precision that rivals the moon landing because once was exactly how many chances they had at success.

This kind of courage, determination, and execution is rare in our world, and must be celebrated when used for good.






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