Graphic: Chilean Miners’ Trip to the Surface

BY Larisa Epatko  October 12, 2010 at 12:00 PM EDT

Thirty-three men have been trapped in a gold and copper mine in Copiapo, Chile, since it collapsed on Aug. 5. Starting late Tuesday, a pod painted in the colors of the Chilean flag will begin lifting them one-by-one to the surface in a process expected to last two days.

But first, a paramedic and a mining expert will go down the hole to evaluate the men and oversee their extraction. And last week, the men got a day of training on the next phase of their lives — how to deal with the media and readjust to regular life.

The team working to free the miners has had help from many places, including NASA, which is providing a high-calorie liquid to help combat the nausea miners may experience as they twist their way through the nearly 2,050 foot-long shaft. Here’s more detail on the journey ahead for the miners:

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We’ll have more on Tuesday’s NewsHour on the rescue of the Chilean miners.