An Icon of Exploration Has Died

Sir Edmund Hillary, a Pioneering Conquerer of Everest, Dies at 88, NY Times

"Sir Edmund Hillary, the lanky New Zealand mountaineer and explorer who with Tenzing Norgay, his Sherpa guide, won worldwide acclaim in 1953 by becoming the first to scale the 29,035-foot summit of Mount Everest, the worlds tallest peak, has died, New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark announced Friday in Wellington. He was 88."

Sir Edmund Hillary, Honorary Chair, Explorers Club

"In 1985, Hillary accompanied Neil Armstrong in a small, twin-engine ski plane over the Arctic Ocean and landed at the North Pole. He thus became the first man to stand at both poles as well as the summit of Everest."

current webcam current images - a tribute to Edmund Hillary, Hillary Field Centre briefing room, Scott Base, Antarctica

An Antarctic Photo Album, Dale Andersen, Astrobiology.com: "During a recent visit with our New Zealand colleagues, we had the opportunity to meet briefly with the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Rt. Hon. Jim Bolger and others in his party including Sir Edmund Hillary."

Editor's note: Perhaps NASA can name a new, large feature on Mercury which will soon be discovered by MESSENGER after Edmund Hillary - and one for Tenzing Norgay as well.

Sir Edmund Hillary - The Man and His Mountain (1992), Joel Achenbach, Washington Post

"Sir Edmund Hillary and Neil Armstrong were on their way to the North Pole -- sounds like the set-up for a joke. But it happened six years ago, they were celebrity guests on some private polar expedition, and two famous explorers found themselves bunking down together in a hut above a frozen lake on an island in the Arctic Ocean. Two aging guys who long ago went somewhere far away and came back changed."

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