According to CNN.com, experts from NASA have traveled to Copiapo, Chile to offer techniques to help the group of trapped miners — trapped for just over a month now, with unknown months to go — stay healthy and sane until they can be rescued. In addition to setting and sticking to structured routines with tasks as they would if working above ground, the space flight experts also focused on food:
In a briefing after its arrival last week, the team said creating a strict organizational structure for the miners’ daily lives would be important. [Dr.Michael Duncan, the deputy chief medical officer at Johnson Space Center] also noted that healthy eating would be key to helping the miners survive.
That means increasing the amount of calories the men are taking in, he said, and giving them food that tastes good.
“Part of nutrition also is making it a certain variety so it maintains their interest. All of us in this room can appreciate the value of good food,” he said.
Maybe once the Spanish version of Planet Waves gets off the ground, we can find a way to add some astrological ‘soul food’ to the miners’ diets. In any case, it’s good to know the space program’s body of knowledge is capable of making a humanitarian landing here on Earth.