Fenix 1, from Chile to Ottawa
Last August, the world was transfixed when 33 miners were trapped 700 metres underground in a Chilean mine. For two months, they relied on a metal capsule to deliver equipment and food to their underground cavern.
On Thursday, that capsule will go on display at the Canada Science and Technology Museum. But earlier this week, Alan had the chance to get a sneak peek of Fenix 1. Fenix 2, of course -- the capsule the miners climbed into to rise to the surface -- is still in Chile. But Fenix 1 is in the depths of the warehouse behind the museum, where pieces are maintained, cleaned and fixed.
The Chilean capsule only recently arrived at the museum and workers were still checking its condition as it lay resting in the wooden delivery crate...Which is when Alan saw it, alongside the museum's director general, Claude Faubert.