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A view of Mount Everest as seen by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Credit: NASA


Exploration

Why Is Mount Everest So Deadly?

The altitude can take a real toll on the human body.

May 31, 2016
9:54 AM EDT
Mauna Kea, seen here on Nov. 1, 2015, from the International Space Station, is Earth's tallest mountain, measured from base to peak. | NASA
Sherpas, shown on April 13, 2014, at the Everest Base Camp, may be more adapted to breathing at high altitudes, compared with other climbers. | Kondoruk / Shutterstock.com