NASA released a photo of Mount Everest (8,848m Nepal) that was taken from space few days back. Sites including The Atlantic, Mashable etc carried that news saying, ‘Mount Everest Doesn’t Look That Big from Space’. Unfortunately they published the wrong photo of Mount Everest. And we all Tweeted and shared that photo on our networks believing that was Mount Everest.A senior journalist Kunda Dixit inspected that image and Tweeted “Sorry guys, but the tall peak with the shadow in the middle is not Mt Everest. My guess: Xixapangma in Tibet”.
His tweet sparked the conversation on Twitter. I tried to look on Google Earth, but couldn’t locate the exact angle, but somehow I thought they’re similar (All Mountain looks similar to me :P). After some more discussion with Kunda Dixit, Ujjwal Acharya, Peter Caltner, Deepak Adhikari, & Rajesh KC, it was confirmed NASA misidentified that image as Mount Everest.
The Atlantic updated their post with new photo of Mount Everest as well. UPDATE: “NASA confirmed on Thursday that it had made a mistake and removed the picture from its website”, reported AFP. According to AFP, "It is not Everest. It is Saser Muztagh, in the Karakoram Range of the Kashmir region of India," a spokesman admitted in an email.
It’s great to see that NASA admitted their mistake and published another photo, just because we talked about it on Twitter. Cheers to Nepali Twitter Community!
Mount Everest as seen from space:
Previously NASA has distributed (misidentified) the following photo as Mount Everest. (It’s Saser Muztagh, Kasmir)
BONUS: Gandaki River, Nepal as seen from Space. (via Peter Caltn @PC0101)
Photo of Everest courtesy of NASA via The Atlantic. First image via Wikipedia.