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The Aiguille du Midi (3,842 m) is a mountain in the Mont Blancmarker massif in the French Alps.

The cable car to the summit, the Téléphérique de l'Aiguille du Midi, was built in 1955 and held the title of the world's highest cable car for about two decades. It still holds the record as the highest vertical ascent cable car in the world, from 1035m to 3842m. It travels from Chamonixmarker to the top of the Aiguille du Midi – an altitude gain of over 2,800 m – in 20 minutes. An adult ticket from Chamonix (as of September 16th 2009) is €40 return.

The Aiguille summit contains a panoramic viewing platform, a cafe and a gift shop. The Vallée Blanche ski run begins here, and the nearby Cosmiques Refuge is the starting point for one of the routes to the Mont Blanc summit. From the Aiguille another cable car (summer months only) crosses the Glacier de Geant to Point Helbronner (3,452 m) at the Italian side of the Mont Blanc Massif. Point Helbronner is served with a cable car from La Palud, a village near Courmayeurmarker in the Aosta Valleymarker (Italymarker).

The name "Aiguille du Midi" translates literally as "needle of midday". It is so called as the sun sits directly over the peak at noon, when viewed from Chamonix.

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Image:Aiguille-du-midi-winter.JPG|Aiguille du MidiImage:Aiguille du midi et mont blanc.JPG|Mont Blancmarker and part of the AiguilleImage:Descending the Aguile-du-Midi Telepherique into Chamonix.jpg|Descending the Aiguille du Midi Téléphérique into ChamonixImage:Aiguille du Midi Chamonix 1.jpg|North face of the Aiguille du Midi in winterImage:Alpinistes Aiguille du Midi 01.JPG|Mountaineers descending a ridge of Aiguille du MidiImage:Aiguille du midi1.jpgImage:Aiguille-du-Midi-sundown2.JPGImage:Aiguille-du-Midi-summer.jpgImage:Aiguille du Midi 12.jpg|Summit of Aiguille du MidiImage:AiguilleDuMidiTM.jpg|The lower platforms seen from the top of the Aiguille

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