NASA has admitted it mistook a mountain in India for Mount Everest when it posted online a picture taken from space.
NASA initially said the photo – by Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko – showed the world’s tallest summit.
The image was quickly picked up by a number of media outlets, but NASA removed it after a Nepalese expert spotted the error.
Everest, which is 8,848 m (29,028 ft) high, straddles the Nepal-China border.
“It is not Everest. It is Saser Muztagh, in the Karakoram Range of the Kashmir region of India,” a Nasa spokesman said.
“The view is in mid-afternoon light looking north-eastward,” the spokesman added.
NASA has admitted it mistook a mountain in India for Mount Everest when it posted online a picture taken from space
NASA said that Yuri Malenchenko had taken the picture from the International Space Station (ISS) earlier this month.
The photo quickly spread on Twitter, triggering criticism from the Nepalese community.
Journalist Kunda Dixit, an authority on the Himalayas, tweeted: “Sorry guys, but the tall peak with the shadow in the middle is not Mt Everest.”
However, he himself first wrongly guessed that it was “Xixapangma in Tibet”.
On Thursday, Ron Garan – a US astronaut who lived aboard the ISS last year – tweeted: “We r still looking 4 a good view of illusive #Everest #FromSpace Apparently Yuri’s ISS pic’s not Everest It’s Saser Muztagh.”
Russian spacecraft Soyuz TMA-05M carrying a three-man crew has blasted off for the International Space Station (ISS).
The Soyuz rocket set off from Kazakhstan at 02:40 GMT on Sunday with Russian, Japanese and American astronauts on board.
They are set to dock with the ISS, a $100 billion research complex orbiting around 385 km (240 miles) above Earth, early on Tuesday.
NASA said the Soyuz TMA-05M rocket had a “smooth ride into space”.
Russian spacecraft Soyuz TMA-05M carrying a three-man crew has blasted off for the International Space Station
The astronauts on board, veteran Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, NASA’s Sunitia Williams and Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide will join three others on board the ISS.
NASA flight engineer Joseph Acaba and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin are already living aboard the space station, which is set to receive an unprecedented level of traffic over the next few weeks.
According to the Associated Press news agency, a Japanese cargo ship will dock with the station next week, followed by a further eight craft making contact with the orbiting satellite.
NASA ended its space shuttle programme in July 2011, and since then US astronauts have depended on Russian Soyuz flights for transport to reach the International Space Station.