Everest / Alpine Expeditions

Everest Reunion At The South Pole

By Keith Cowing
Keith Cowing
December 16, 2012
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Everest Reunion At The South Pole
My old NASA badge at the South Pole
Scott Parazynski

Keith Cowing: Former Astronaut Scott Parazynski, M.D. summitted Mt. Everest in 2009. A few weeks ago, Scott visited a variety of locations in Antarctica including the Amundsen-Scott Station at the South Pole, as director of the UTMB Center for Polar Operations.

When Scott went to the summit of Everest he took my old NASA badge from 1990 and a small “Flat Gorbie” – a photo of astronaut Suni Williams’ dog “Gorbie” with him.

A photo of Gorbie had been on the ISS and made a second trip there last year.

When Scott visited the South Pole he happened to have my NASA badge and another Flat Gorbie – the same one that had been undersea during a NEEMO mission.

Explorers Club Fellow, ex-NASA Space Station Payload manager/space biologist, Away Teams, Journalist, Lapsed climber, Synaesthete, Na’Vi-Jedi-Freman-Buddhist-mix, ASL, Devon Island and Everest Base Camp veteran, (he/him) 🖖🏻