Thursday, February 12, 1998

The Complete History Of Rolex Conquering Mount Everest [Part 2 of 8]

The Complete History
Rolex Conquers Mount Everest
[Part 2 0f 8]

The Roof Of The World

Half way around the world, another revolution was about to take place in a desolate, remote and most unusual place.

Let's examine Mount Everest which is the highest peak on Earth. Mount Everest is 29,029 feet (8,848) meters above sea level. Mount Everest was officially named by the Royal Geographical Society by the British Surveyor General of India in 1865.

Mount Everest is part of the Himalayan mountain range in High Asia and it is located on the border between Sagarmatha Zone, Nepal, and Tibet, China.

Mount Everest is located at the exact tip of the red arrow on the map below, and it is nestled on border between Nepal and Tibet.

Everest From Above

The two photos below were taken from the International Space Station (pictured above) by the crew onboard Expedition 8 in January of 2004 of the Himalayan mountain range. The photos were taken from the south so the brown mountains are part of Nepal and the white flat area behind Mount Everest is the Tibetan Plateau which is the highest region in the world.

The two images below are identical except the first image is zoomed way out and the second image is zoomed way in. On both images, Mount Everest is located in the center of the image toward the rear of the photo.

As with most images in this story, click for much greater detail

Because of the relatively low orbit position of the International Space Station at 200 nautical miles (360km) you benefit from a view you could never see from a commercial airplane or satellite.