October 12, 2010 - During a press conference, Mining Minister Golborne announces that the rescue is expected to begin during "the last quarter" of the day.
October 13, 2010 - The first miner rescued, Florencio Antonio Avalos Silva, 31, reaches the surface at about 12:11 a.m. ET. Shift foreman Luis Alberto Urzua Iribarren, 54, is the 33rd and final miner to be rescued, approximately 22 1/2 hours after the rescue operation begins.
July 25, 2011 - Representatives for the rescued miners announce that the official and authorized film rights to their story have been sold to producer Mike Medavoy.
August 30, 2011 - Fourteen of the miners are awarded lifetime monthly pensions of 250,000 Chilean pesos (approximately $540), by Cecilia Morel, Chile's first lady. The government chose which miners would receive the lifetime pensions based on health, age and the opinion of the group of survivors.
Miners: Alex Vega Salazar, 31 Ariel Ticona Yanez, 29 Carlos Andres Bugueno Alfaro, 27 Carlos Mamani Solis, 23 Carlos Barrios Contreras, 27 Claudio Acuna Cortes, 34 Claudio David Yanez Lagos, 34 Daniel Esteban Herrera Campos, 27 Darios Antonio Segovia Rojas, 48 Edison Fernando Pena Villaroel, 34 Esteban Alfonso Rojas Carrizo, 44 Florencio Antonio Avalos Silva, 31 Franklin Lobos Ramirez, 53 Jorge Hernan Galleguillos Orellana, 56 Jose Henriquez Gonzalez, 54 Jose Ojeda Vidal, 46 Juan Carlos Aguilar Gaete, 49 Juan Illanes Palma, 52 Jimmy Sanchez Lagues, 18 Luis Alberto Urzua Iribarren, 54 Mario Nicolus Gomez Heredia, 63 Mario Sepulveda Espinace, 40 Omar Alejandro Reygada Rojas, 56 Osman Isidro Araya Araya, 30 Pablo Amadeos Rojas Villacorta, 45 Pedro Cortez Contreras, 25 Raul Enriquez Bustos Ibanez, 40 Renan Anselmo Avalos Silva, 29 Richard Reinald Villarroel Godoy, 27 Samuel Dionisio Avalos Acuna, 43 Victor Antonio Segovia Rojas, 48 Victor Zamora Bugueno, 33 Yonni Barrios Rojas, 50
Rescue Plans: Mining Minister Laurence Golborne described for CNN the rescue efforts, the three holes - dubbed Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C - being dug in an effort to open a passageway to safety for the men. Plan A and Plan B each require two holes to be drilled - a small hole first and then a wider one about 26 to 28 inches (65-70 centimeters) in diameter. Golborne said the second pass would be slower progress than the first pass.
Plan A involves using a drill placed directly above the shelter where the miners are holed up. Under Plan B, a hole is being drilled at a roughly 80-degree angle into an area of the mine shaft that is used as a mechanical workshop. That distance, engineers estimate, is around 2,034 feet (620 meters). The drill used in Plan C would need to cut through some 1,969 feet (600 meters) of rock and earth.
Plan A drill is a Raise Borer Strata 950, usually used for drilling ventilation shafts in mines.
Plan B drill is a Schramm T-130, usually used for boring water holes.
Plan C drill is a Rig 421 drill, usually used for drilling for oil.