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In this episode of Boing Boing Video, guest contributor Miles O'Brien,
the veteran space and science reporter formerly with CNN, speaks with astronaut
Scott Parazynski as he attempts to summit Mt. Everest.
Parazynski and his team are scheduled to actually attempt the summit within the next day or two, as I understand their current plans.
They are using a personal satellite tracking device called "Spot" as a security measure. The GPS device has the added benefit of providing digital breadcrumbs of data that can be used to generate real-time maps of exactly where they are on the trail.
More of Miles "1337" O'Brien's work at True/Slant, and you can (and should) follow him here on Twitter.
Astronaut-turned-climber Scott Parazynski's Everest climb blog is here, and you can also follow him on Twitter, live from Nepal.
Below, a screengrab of their current coordinates -- and a snapshot of Scott at rest on Mount Everest. After the jump, more photos.
(Previously: Boing Boing Video: Welcome, Miles O'Brien!)
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