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NASA admits Everest error


Published on Dec 17, 2012

Americans have long been ribbed for their limited knowledge of world geography, but one would think the good folk at NASA would be above all that. Alas, no. The US space agency has admitted it mistook the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, for a smaller mountain in India, and posted the photo online. Initially, NASA said the photo - taken this month from the International Space Station - showed the 8,848-metre summit, but later removed it after a Nepalese expert spotted the error. “It is not Everest. It is Saser Muztagh, in the Karakoram Range of the Kashmir region of India,” a NASA spokesman admitted to the BBC in an email. These mountains, they all look the same.

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