Douglas H. Wheelock

@Astro_Wheels

Test Pilot; NASA Astronaut: STS-120 & ISS-25; Space Station Commander; Aspiring Poet; Inspired by quiet moments, kindness and the power of the spoken word.

You are awesome! Yes!…the mystery location in photo #1 is indeed the breathtaking Banks Peninsula near the picturesque city of Christchurch, New Zealand! Way to go!  Okay…this photo was taken with a 1200mm lens of a spectacular mountain…do you know the name of this snow-covered peak? Do you know its unique distinction?

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1997 days ago

You are awesome! Yes!…the mystery location in photo #1 is indeed the breathtaking Banks Peninsula near the picturesque city of Christchurch, New Zealand! Way to go! Okay…this photo was taken with a 1200mm lens of a spectacular mountain…do you know the name of this snow-covered peak? Do you know its unique distinction?

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abhidejr 1996 days ago

it is Mount Herbert peak. at location
-43.688667,172.741642

PC0101 1996 days ago

Yes, if you want to win a ticket to ride up there you have to be online in time. Pic posted yesterday at 5.30 p.m. HAST

Stelygs 1997 days ago

Actually we're trained, thx to "'s pic of day", and here's a new geographic quiz!:) Fascinating Elbrus seems also a great place to experience the exciting 'heli skiing'...thx for the link:)

albakutschker 1997 days ago

Buena foto, prodra ser Elbrus? No estoy segura, pero, para esquiar seria una pasada. Cuidate. Alba.

Kickalien 1997 days ago

Oh, the snow-covered Elbrus! All I can do is post later than some experts here.

Geshiela 1997 days ago

Mt. Elbrus on the Caucasus Mountain range, Russian Fed...twin peaks perhaps..

ko2ri 1997 days ago

because it is there... but i don't know the name of this mountain. just know the drama 'twin peaks'... :-X

grease235 1997 days ago

Could it be in the Sierra Nevada Cascade Mountains? Major source of water and electricity for CA?

grease235 1997 days ago

Looks like it could have been used for a spaceport. :)
Thank you for the pictures.

sanduleak_1 1997 days ago

Incredible photo!! Amazing place!!!

LuisaNievesIna 1997 days ago

In ancient times the mountain was known as "Strobilus" and people thought that Prometheus was chained there. (He was considered the protector of human civilization according to Greek mythology)

wombat_714 1997 days ago

- Elbrus is in border region b/w Europe and Asia. It is considered as Europe's highest.

embohpokoke 1997 days ago

hwueeeh lensan-e sangare 1200mm...ckckck.untung motone nang zero gravity dadi gak anteb yo cak?

PC0101 1997 days ago

For comparison: a similar pic of this snow-covered mountain: ftp://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ESC_large_ISS005_ISS005-E-11051.JPG

CraftchickM 1997 days ago

Ha! Yes, I too am now convinced its Elbrus :-)

efmillanr 1997 days ago

El Elbrus definitivamente

CraftchickM 1997 days ago

I'm pretty sure its Chimborazo in Ecuador which, despite not being as high as Everest, has the distinction of being the highest mountain above the Earths centre?

PC0101 1997 days ago

I was referring to the boundary line of 1730, since then taken over by scientists. The distinction is mentioned a few comment lines below.

Zebidee 1997 days ago

Every reference to this says that it's an arguable point, so I don't think we're likely to come to a solution. I figure we're looking for what Wheels thought the distinction was.