Mt Everest, Chomolungma, Goddess Mother of the World

Mt Everest, Chomolungma, Goddess Mother of the World

Courtesy of Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, Johnson Space Center

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Mt. Everest is the highest mountain in the world at 8,850 meters (29,035 feet) in elevation. The Tibetian name for the peak is Chomolungma, Goddess Mother of the World. It was renamed Mt. Everest in the mid-1800s by a British survey team.

The first climbers to reach the summit were the New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, a Nepali sherpa climber. They reached the the summit at 11:30 am on May 29, 1953.

This image taken by astronauts onboard the space shuttle, STS 058.