Pluto mountain range named after Kiwi legend

  • 25/07/2015

Sir Edmund Hillary's legacy may already sit at the top of the world's highest mountain, but now it's taking a leap into the depths of space too.

A mountain range on Pluto has been called the 'Hillary Montes' in tribute of the late Kiwi legend, Fairfax Media report.

The newly found mountain range rises to 1600 metres above the surrounding terrain, making it around 7300 metres shorter than Mt Everest.

The Mountain range is within close proximity to another range which has been dubbed the 'Norgay Montes' after Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who summited Everest with Sir Hillary.

The shots of the mountains are taken from Nasa's historic flyby of Pluto, which has already given massive insight into the dwarf planet and its terrain.

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