(WASHINGTON) -- Friday marks the one year anniversary of the Chilean mine collapse that left 33 men trapped underground for 69 days before a dramatic hours-long rescue that was broadcast live to television audiences around the world.
For more than two weeks the miners sat and waited 2,000 ft. below the earth's surface, enduring sweltering heat and cramped conditions, unsure whether the world knew they were alive. Rescuers eventually made contact with the men, but the group had to wait until October before crews were able to drill their way down to them.
Thirty-one of the miners have since filed a lawsuit against Chile's National Geology and Mining Service for the accident.
A special exhibit addressing the ground-breaking rescue effort is opening at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., on Friday.
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