Friday, November 7, 2008

The View From Beyond This World

The Himalaya Mountains stretch across approximately 1490 miles, vary from 200 to 250 miles wide and include many of the tallest mountains in the world. The photograph above was taken by an astronaut from the International Space Station. It is looking south-southeast at the Tibetan Plateau and clearly shows four of the world's 14 tallest mountains. Visible are Mount Everest (tallest), Makalu, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu. Mount Everest is 29,035 feet tall and Makalu is 27, 765 feet. It's easy to see why Nepal is called the Rooftop Of The World. The annotations on the picture were made by the folks at NASA. The red line is the South Col Route, most frequently used by climbers as they ascend Mt. Everest.

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