NASA’s Earth Observatory recently released some maps showing the outlines of glaciers around Everest, overlaid on top of a topographic map of the area. By matching it up and overlaying it on Google Earth, you’re given a very unique look at the mountain.
Today marks an amazing day in history; back on May 29, 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to ever reach the summit of Mount Everest. At a height of 29,029 feet, Everest is the tallest mountain in the world.
All told, there have been a total of 5,104 ascents to the summit by 3,142 different people. However, more than 200 have died trying to make it. Reaching the summit in 1953 was an amazing accomplishment, and is one that Hillary will be remembered for forever.
Back in 1989, Australian climber Roderick Mackenzie become the 271st person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. While up there, he captured a 360 degree panorama of the view from the top, which appears to be the only panorama ever captured up there.
Steven Ho stumbled upon that panorama recently and thought it would be great to compare the panorama to the always-improving terrain of Google Earth. With that in mind, he created an excellent page that uses the Google Earth Plug-in to change your view as you browse around the panorama. It works great!
To learn more about what he’s done and to try it for yourself, visit Steven’s blog. Click the panorama image at the top of the text to enter the panorama/plug-in page. Once you’re inside of it, simply drag the top image around to view any particular area, and the bottom image will stay in sync automatically.
Nice work Steven!