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This false-color view combines images that Spirit took with its panoramic camera during the rover's 608th martian day, or sol (Sept. 18, 2005). The site is on top of "Husband Hill" inside Gusev Crater, where the rover has been conducting scientific studies. The slightly lower outcrop to the left of "Hillary" is nicknamed "Tenzing." The names recall the first humans -- Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal -- to reach the highest point on Earth, in 1953. Husband Hill rises 106 meters (348 feet) above the surrounding plains." Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Image Addition Date: 2005-10-05 More info
New research in the FASEB Journal suggests that there are extensive but reversible changes in the heart when it is exposed to low oxygen levels similar to those caused by many diseases.
Astronaut Scott Parazynski on the summit of Mt. Everest in May 2009 holding memorial banners for the Columbia, Challenger, Apollo 1, Soyuz 1 ,and Soyuz 11 crews. The spaceflight memorial patch and a Challenger Center patch are on his suit. More photos.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Deputy Administrator Lori Garver will lay a wreath at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia at 10 a.m. EST, Thursday, Jan. 27, to commemorate the agency's National Day of Remembrance. NASA has an agency-wide Day of Remembrance every January to honor the fallen crews of Apollo 1, space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, and all of those who have given their lives in the cause of exploration.
Keith's note: This image (enlarge) was aquired by the ISS crew on 6 January 2011. Although the summit if Everest itself is just out of frame, you can see Everest Base Camp where Scott Parazynski lived and most of the lower portion of Scott's climb to the summit. Basecamp is about half a kilometer from the bottom of the Khumbu icefall and is located in the lower right hand portion of this image, to the right of the "e" in "Khumbutse" (where the red dot is). I shot these videos of avalanches (first, second) from this location. Scott's route to the summit took him up the right hand side of the image.
You can view raw imagery (orientation is different) here at the JSC Astronaut Photography site. If you want to orient yourself better, download this KML file and check the location out in Google Earth.
Kathmandu, Nepal is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 25 crew member on the International Space Station. The capital and largest city of Nepal, Kathmandu occupies much of the Kathmandu Valley located near the center of the country. Nepal itself contains much of the Himalaya mountain range between China (Tibet) to the north and India to the south. Geological and fossil evidence indicates that the Kathmandu Valley was filled by a large lake (Paleo-Kathmandu Lake) between approximately 2.8 million and 10,000 years ago, according to scientists.
io9.com: "In the same way, imagining a tour of the solar system's seven summits - the Seven Space Summits, if you will - provides a chance to examine the wildly different environments on our neighbor planets. Reaching the summits of Earth's tallest mountains was one of the great adventures of the 20th century, and it made legends of climbers like Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. With Earth rapidly running out of records to break, the adventurer of the 21st and 22nd century is going to have to look skyward for new climbing challenges. Let's take a look at the extraterrestrial mountains just waiting to be summited. To do that, we spoke to three experts on this rather unusual subject. Joe Romig is a space scientist and the coauthor of the lecture "Seven Summits Of The Solar System", along with renowned climber Glen Porzak. Keith Cowing is a former NASA scientist and the current writer of NASA Watch, OnOrbit, and SpaceRef, as well as an amateur mountaineer. William Hartmann is a senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute and the author, along with Ron Miller, of The Grand Tour: A Traveler's Guide to the Solar System." More at io9
Mountaineering and Climbing on Mars, earlier post