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Today in "Travel Trivia"

Ed Kohout-2
This email originated from outside ECU.

Where on Earth is the closest point to the moon?

1)  K2
2)  Mt. Chimborazo
3)  Mt Everest
4)  Nanga Parbat

Did they take into account every perigee and declination?  Here's the rationale for the answer:

>> Though Mt. Everest lays claim to the highest altitude peak in the world, due to the bulge of the Earth at the equator, Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador is the closest point on Earth to the moon. Mount Chimborazo only stands 20,548 feet above sea level, and it's not even one of the 10 tallest mountains in South America. But because our planet is not perfectly spherical, and bulges in the middle, destinations along the equator are slightly closer to outer space. So if you measure from the moon, Chimborazo is 1.5 miles closer than Everest. Science is pretty cool, huh? <<


- Ed