India mountain mistook for Everest

17th Dec 2012

A picture posted online by Nasa claiming to be of Mount Everest taken from space was not in fact the highest mountain in the world but Saser Muztagh in India, the US space agency has said.

Initially, Nasa said the photo was of the world's tallest summit and had been taken by Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko.

Shortly after being posted online and being picked up various media outlets, a Nepalese expert spotted the error.

A Nasa spokesman told the BBC the picture was of Saser Muztagh in the Karakoram Range of the Kashmir region of India.

Members of the Nepalese community took to Twitter to criticise the agency, including journalist Kunda Dixit who tweeted: "Sorry guys, but the tall peak with the shadow in the middle is not Mt Everest."

Ron Garan - a US astronaut who lived aboard the International Space Station last year - tweeted: "We r still looking 4 a good view of illusive #Everest #FromSpace Apparently Yuri's ISS pic's not Everest It's Saser Muztagh."

Everest, which is 8,848m (29,028ft) high, straddles the Nepal-China border.

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