Chilean Rescue Capsule goes on display

Posted at 5:30 pm, February 7, 2012 in Arts & Entertainment

Chilean Rescue Capsule © Rob GreigLast week we teased you with a cryptic image of a mystery object and we can now reveal that this primary coloured wheel isn’t a fancy sellotape dispenser, an electronic skateboard or the back of Iron Man’s head. It is in fact, the incredible capsule that rescued the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground in 2010 and it is in London. The lifesaving steel Fénix 2 pod is only 3.9m long and 54cm wide – much smaller than it appeared on TV- and is an amazing feat of engineering to see up close. Upon discovering this iconic object all boxed up waiting in the wings of the Science Museum, I immediately asked if I could get inside. Sadly, that wasn’t allowed. However, it will be on display at the Museum from February 11 until May 13. No, you won’t be able to get into it either but it is well worth a visit. Especially if you can brave the children during half term on February 14-16, where there will also be a rescue robot on show. Sonya Barber 

For info, see sciencemuseum.org.uk/chileanrescue.

Chilean Rescue Capsule © Rob Greig

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