|The rescue capsule is 55 centimetres in diameter and weighs 420 kilograms. The interior is 1.9 metres high. It is equipped with an oxygen supply and communication equipment.|
|A closer look at the wheels on the capsule. Click on the photos for a larger view.|
One of the two Phoenix capsules used to rescue 33 miners in Chile in October 2010 is on display at the Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa.
This capsule was used as a testing model and brought supplies to the miners, who were trapped more than 600 metres underground for 69 days.
Painted in the colours of the Chilean flag, the Phoenix capsule is a low-tech steel tube designed and built at a Chilean naval shipyard. The actual rescue capsule that was send down the shaft to retrieve the miners one by one remains in Chile.
The display was opened by the Chilean Ambassador to Canada, Roberto Ibarra Garcia and Claude Faubert, director general of the museum.
As the capsule is considered an artifact, the public will not be able to get inside it.
The capsule is on display until May 1, 2011. It will then be shipped to a museum in Germany.