28 May 2013

Hillary's oxygen tank

In honour of tomorrow's 60th anniversary of the scaling of Everest by Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay on 29 May 1953, here's a crucial piece of their expedition. The tank is part of the collection of the Science Museum in London, and was photographed on 23 March 2009. Interestingly, the Surveyor-General of India after whom the British named the mountain, Colonel Sir George Everest (1790-1866), actually pronounced his surname with the 'Eve' portion identical to the woman's name, rather than the pronunciation commonly in use, 'Ever-est'.
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