Scott Parazynski Return to Everest 2009

Everest Reunion At The South Pole

Keith Cowing: Former Astronaut Scott Parazynski, M.D. summitted Mt. Everest in 2009. A few weeks ago, Scott visited a variety of locations in Antarctica including the Amundsen-Scott Station at the South Pole, as director of the UTMB Center for Polar Operations. When Scott went to the summit of Everest he took my old NASA badge from 1990 and a small "Flat Gorbie" - a photo of astronaut Suni Williams' dog "Gorbie" with him. A photo of Gorbie had been on the ISS and made a second trip there last year. When Scott visited the South Pole he happened to have my NASA badge and another Flat Gorbie - the same one that had been undersea during a NEEMO mission.


Image: Bhutan and Nepal As Seen From the International Space Station

The Tibetan plateau and the Himalayas, as captured by Andre Kuipers onboard the ISS. Andre is onboard the ISS as part of ESA's long duration mission, PromISSe. For further information on the mission, please visit: www.esa.int/SPECIALS/PromISSe/index.html Credits: ESA/NASA. Larger image


New Study Maps Himalayan Glacier Behavior Via Satellite

Khumbu ice fall, Khumbu Glacier, near the Everest Base Camp. Mt Everest peak (8848 m asl.) is in the upper right background, mostly hidden by its west shoulder. Credits: K. Casey

Glaciers are one of the largest reservoirs of freshwater on our planet, and their melting or freezing is one of the best indicators of climate change. However, knowledge of glacier change has been hampered by lack of data, especially for understanding regional behaviour.


Mars, Everest, and Tricorders

Using a Tricorder on Mount Everest

"If you've ever seen a Starfleet away team beaming down to a new planet, you know that the first thing they do is whip out their tricorder and scan everything. Many of NASA's astrobiologists want one. Well, Scott and I had one at Everest."


Mars, Everest, and Tricorders

Using a Tricorder on Mount Everest

"If you've ever seen a Starfleet away team beaming down to a new planet, you know that the first thing they do is whip out their tricorder and scan everything. Many of NASA's astrobiologists want one. Well, Scott and I had one at Everest."


Everest, Apollo, Soyuz, NEEMO, and Space Station Resonances

Explanation (its complicated): This is my friend and Challenger Center co-conspirator Gwen Griffin at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan where the Soyuz rocket in the background will be launched this weekend. On board will be astronaut Suni Williams. Suni is the next door neighbor of Gwen's boyfriend Al Saylor (skydiver extraordinaire ) in Friendswood, TX. Suni owns a Jack Russell terrier named "Gorbie".  


Photo: North Side of Mount Everest As Seen From Space

"Because it is there." George Mallory aptly summed up the reason mountaineers worldwide respond to the irresistible pull of Mount Everest. On May 29, 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal were the first to complete the hazardous trek to the summit of the world's highest mountain, rising 29,035 feet above sea level.


Photo: A lake in the Tibetan Plateau As Seen From Orbit

@Astro_Ron: #FromSpace A lake in the Tibetan Plateau I think it's the highest + largest plateau on Earth Anyone know if true? larger image


NASA Video: STS-130 What's Going Up? (Moon and Everest Rocks) Video in Story

Items to fly aboard space shuttle Endeavour.


Early Morning Skywatching and Teaching Satellite Concepts to Sherpas Video in Story

Note: This video was sent to me by a reader after they read my original article: "Here's what you may have seen this morning - the Shuttle Endeavour leads the ISS, at about 4:50am (EDT) this morning. This handheld video was taken with my Canon S5-IS, with a maximum 12X optical zoom. It may not be "broadcast quality" but is presented as a tribute to the last flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour.- Michael Kowalchuk Ferdinand, IN"


Video: Virtual Conquest of Mount Everest Using Satellite Imagery Video in Story

Researchers from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have depicted Mount Everest, the 'Roof of the World', in 3D using optical satellite data at a maximum resolution of just half a meter. These 3D images are the outcome of a collaborative venture between the DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics and the companies 3D RealityMaps GmbH and DigitalGlobe. A video allows the viewer to follow the route taken by 15 mountaineers on a current expedition to the summit of the world's highest mountain. Higher resolution views.


Everest Route Taken By Hillary and Norgay (And Scott) As Seen From Space

Scott and his companions will be following the classic route first taken (with success) in 1953 by Hillary and Norgay - but they will be starting much earlier - and have much more company along the way. Let's look back at how Hillary and Norgay did it the first time.

At 6:30 a.m. on May 28, 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay set out from a camp high above the South Col on the Southwest Face of Mount Everest and began the ascent for which both would become famous. Fighting through snow, winding along an exposed ridgeline with drops of over 1,000 meters (3,300 feet) on either side, scrambling up steep, rocky steps, and finally climbing a sloping snowfield, the pair reached the summit at 11:30 a.m. It was the first known climb of the world's tallest mountain.


Scott Parazynski: Still on Cloud 10

26 May 2009

Just six days ago I'd wearily downclimbed to Everest's base camp. As I sat in a small blue tent that evening tenuously perched over one particularly malodorous barrel, a loud rockslide thundered directly towards me. I briefly thought of the irony of it all: I had finally summited "The Mountain of My Dreams", only to succumb to a tragic potty accident"ヲ Think of all the eulogy possibilities!

The intense days of my Everest summit climb, the long descent and my return to Kathmandu's "civilization" have zoomed by, but the key details remain as vivid as the photographs and video we took on top. Simply stated, Everest was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life, physically and mentally, but strangely enough this was also my ultimate reward. Some things just don't have to make sense"ヲ

Thanks very much for following along with my adventure to its exciting conclusion. I greatly appreciate the many comments on the blog, and the supportive emails I've received while away. I hope I don't bore you with too many details, but here is my day-by-day account of the end game:


Webchat between Miles O'Brien and Keith Cowing as Scott Parazynski Summits Mt. Everest Video in Story

On 19 May 2009 Scott Parazynski became the first human to travel into space and stand atop the highest point on our planet - the summit of Mt. Everest - at over 29,000 feet.


Scott's Summit Preview: An Orbital Sunrise

As he departed in 2008 for his first summit attempt, Scott wrote: "My hope is to be able to see and savor the equivalent of an orbital sunrise near the summit of Everest. Astronauts can see many sunrises and sunsets each day as they orbit the earth every 90 minutes, but they go by so quickly that its all but impossible to pick out the many shades of color as the sun rises from behind the earth's horizon."


Scott has Reached Camp IV - Higher Than Last Year's Attempt

As you can see from this SPOT update, Scott at Camp IV (South Col) at an elevation of 7,920 meters (26,000 ft). The summit is still a bit away at 8,848 meters (29,029 ft). Scott's summit window still focuses on a 7-8 pm 19 May EDT / 5-6 am 20 May Local time summit. Scott is walking up to the jetstream. The rest of y'all need airplanes and rockets to do that. Dig it.

Scott is using his SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker to check in. You can follow his progress all the way to the summit by checking his personal tracking page . Select "terrain" to see how close he is getting to the summit of Mt. Everest.

Scott just completed a Gigapan panorama - we believe this billion-plus pixel image to be the highest Gigapan shot ever taken on Earth.

Looking back, Scott is now much higher than he got last year. Based on a radio chat with him a few minutes ago, he is fit, energetic, and determined to make a safe ascent to the summit. His story from last year puts this year's ascent into perfect context:


Scott is Back at Camp II

Keith Cowing: Scott departed Everest Base Camp this morning around 4:30 am. He and his climbing partners are now at Camp II where they will spend the next day resting. He checked in this afternoon with his SPOT Personal Satellite Tracker. Current plans call for a summit around 5-6 am local time on 20 May (7-8 pm EDT 19 May).

If you have noticed a decline in blogging that is due to in part to the fact that I spent the better part of a week dealing with food poisoning that I contracted in Periche - something that I do not recommend that you try.


Astronaut Scott Parazynski Everest Podcast 16 May 2008: Part 1

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This is Scott calling in from [garbled].

It's May 16th and I head out towards the summit.


IMG Everest Expedition Dispatch #23 May 15, 2008

IMG Leader Ang Jangbu reports: Dave and Nicky are up at C3 tonight. They plan to go little higher tomorrow morning before come back down to C2. The Sherpas carried to the Col and C3 as planned yesterday. Eben and trekkers arrived base camp on schedule and they are all doing well.Casey and his team came back from Pheriche. Tim went down the valley with Phinjo for couple nights.


Send Your Thoughts With A NASA Astronaut To The Summit Of Mt. Everest

Astronaut and mountaineer Scott Parazynski is resting at Everest Base Camp for a few days after a series of climbs up and down Mt. Everest designed to acclimatize his body - and hone his climbing skills. Scott called me several times on Tuesday - as he has since he arrived a month ago to update me on his progress. I expect several more phone calls in the next several days.



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