Nepal gets its first landmark in the solar system

Nepal gets its first landmark in the solar system

Pluto’s icy mountains, which were reported Wednesday, have been named “Norgay Montes” in honor of Tenzing Norgay, the Nepalese sherpa who guided Edmund Hillary on the first successful ascent of Mount Everest in 1953. Some peaks in the Norgay Montes are as tall as those in the Rocky Mountains.

“He is the first Nepalese to have any place named after them in the solar system,” said New Horizons co-investigator Jeff Moore of NASA Ames research center.

The team also released a flyby animation of the mountain ranges, which are made from water ice, and a peek at a set of frozen plains located to the north, which have been dubbed Sputnik Planum after USSR’s first space probe.

Details: pbs.org