Saturday, July 21, 2007

An image of Mt. Everest from the Space Shuttle Atlantis

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Here's a stunning image of Mt. Everest taken from the Space Shuttle Atlantis (Mission STS-37) in early April of 1991. Mt. Everest was recently measured to be 29,035 feet (8,934 m) above sea level. This pinnacle is referred to as the "roof of the world" and is called Sagarmatha by the Nepalese (Abode of Snow), and the Tibetans refer to it as Qomolangma or Chomolangma (Goddess-Mother). Notice the glaciers, which emanate from and near the base of Mt. Everest and are redistributing alpine snow and ice to lower elevations. The tan and taupe appearance of the glaciers at upper right results from dust and rock debris covering much of the ice. Link




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