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TRS
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posted 01-10-2008 05:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TRS   Click Here to Email TRS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A large number of cS members have indicated an interest in the life and work of Sir Edmund Hillary over the time I have been on the boards.

With sadness I am posting the first news link advising of his passing today.

Rizz
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posted 01-10-2008 05:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rizz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a fabulous life he lived.

A true explorer moving on to his next High Adventure. Aloha.

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posted 01-10-2008 05:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In 2005, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover came across an outcrop that was nicknamed "Hillary" in honor of Sir Edmund:

An asteroid detected in December 1981 was named by its discover "Hillary" after he had worked with Sir Hillary in Antarctica during the International Geophysical Year.

Hillary was born on July 20, 1919, 50 years to the day prior to the first lunar landing. Of Neil Armtrong's first words on the surface, Hillary was quoted as saying, "Better if he had said something natural like, Jesus, here we are." In 1985, Hillary accompanied Armstrong in a small, twin-engine ski plane to land at the North Pole. He thus became the first man to stand at both poles as well as the summit of Everest.

Scott
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posted 01-10-2008 06:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott   Click Here to Email Scott     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a courageous and generous man. RIP.

Murph
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posted 01-10-2008 06:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Murph   Click Here to Email Murph     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A truly inspiring man. Godspeed Sir Ed.

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posted 01-10-2008 06:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm very saddened to read this news.

He was a good example of how, after achieving worldwide fame with an unprecedented feat of exploration and a first for humankind, you can live a life well. Not too much in the public spotlight, not too much out of it... putting his experience to great use in the fields of international diplomacy and, most importantly, the great conservation work that he did, without overstretching his bounds.

While he could have, from the outset, boosted his own fame by stating that he was the first to set foot on the summit, he instead always emphasized that he and Tenzing Norgay made the climb together. it was only long after Norgay had died, many decades after the climb, that Hillary confirmed that he had been first (something that Tenzing Norgay had made public earlier), even then emphasizing their joint work. While Hillary took photos of Tenzing Norgay at the summit, he did not ask to be photographed himself. The parallels and differences with the first moon landing / first step on the moon are quite interesting.

There are many (astronauts included) who have not handled the spotlight and the demands so well after their achievements - Hillary was a person to be admired both for his achievements and for what he did afterwards.

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posted 01-10-2008 06:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...and this sad event also brings to mind JFK's famous speech on the Apollo program:

"But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask, why climb the highest mountain?"

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posted 01-10-2008 08:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for robsouth     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sir Edmund Hillary is a great inspiration.

dss65
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posted 01-10-2008 08:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another hero gone. How sad. Rest in peace, sir.

GACspaceguy
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icarkie
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posted 01-11-2008 02:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for icarkie   Click Here to Email icarkie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Along with Norgay Sir Edmund Hillary was a guy who had the "Right Stuff." May you rest in peace.

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posted 01-11-2008 04:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One of the last great "amateur" adventurers who did not need armies of support teams or risk management measures to achieve his goal.

In true Kiwi style Hillary's response to reaching the summit was succinct. "Well, we knocked the bastard off," he told his companions on returning to base camp.

RIP Sir Edmund.

Larry McGlynn
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posted 01-11-2008 06:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hillary defined the word dignity.

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posted 01-11-2008 06:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With all the news from New Hampshire the past few days it was odd to read in the Dutch headlines today that Hillary was dead. But this is just as sad...

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posted 01-11-2008 08:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunar rock nut   Click Here to Email Lunar rock nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A giant that made the world seem much smaller. What a legacy he left in his wake!

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posted 01-11-2008 09:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moonwalker1954   Click Here to Email Moonwalker1954     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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posted 01-11-2008 09:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This world does have some real heroes - RIP.

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posted 01-11-2008 09:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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posted 01-11-2008 12:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for contra   Click Here to Email contra     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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posted 01-11-2008 04:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Russ Still   Click Here to Email Russ Still     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What Paul (gliderpilotuk) said. And he was a great friend to autograph collectors, too.

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posted 01-12-2008 04:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for pdpel3   Click Here to Email pdpel3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A true hero of an that has passed, i have a nice 8X10 of him on Everest.

There are not many real heroes left now.

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gliderpilotuk
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The Times (Saturday) has a four page pull-out reproduction of the 1953 supplement celebrating the conquest of Everest, plus another four pages of tributes and commentary.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-12-2008 05:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The New York Times has essay comparing Hillary's Everest accomplishment to the space age achievements that would follow it.

When a Mountaintop Might as Well Have Been the Moon

In retrospect, when Hillary, who died last week at 88, and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa guide, stood on the summit of Everest, it seems as if they were making the last "giant leap for mankind" of pre-space age generations.

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posted 01-16-2008 05:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lm5eagle   Click Here to Email lm5eagle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A nice tribute:
I will ask the government for approval to rename Lukla airport as the Hillary-Tenzing Airport,' Tourism Minister Prithvi Subba Gurung said at a condolence ceremony for Hillary held in Kathmandu on Tuesday.

TRS
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posted 01-22-2008 02:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TRS   Click Here to Email TRS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The state funeral for Sir Edmund was held in Auckland this morning. This link takes you to the NZ Herald coverage which also includes further links to audio and video of the service. One of the stories recounted involves the trip shared by Sir Edmund and Neil Armstrong mentioned in a post above, and the note they sent back to the manufacturer of a faulty glove...

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