The Himalayas as seen by ESA astronaut, André Kuipers, during his mission to the ISS. Though the atmosphere extends for many more miles above the top of the Everest, the image reveals how the Himalayas lie somewhat exposed.
No permanent human settlement can be established in this exposed area, as the air is too thin. And yet, if you were to paint a billiard ball with a coat of paint, that coat of paint would be twice as high as the Himalaias – if the ball was the size of Earth, that is.
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