Science: There She Stands

Since 1841, Mt. Everest (29,000 ft.), in the Himalayas, has reigned as the highest peak in the world. It has never been climbed.* But a few pilots thought they had seen a higher one among the Amne Machin Mountains of West China. When peripatetic Pen-Manufacturer Milton Reynolds went looking for such a peak (TIME, April 12), he ran into trouble with the Chinese government, failed to get anywhere or prove anything. Last week, another expedition quietly took off from a hard-packed loess runway at Lanchow to make the first recorded flight directly over the Amne Machins.

The expedition was headed by Baltimore-raised...

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