Dr. Kathy Sullivan, the first woman to ever walk in space, has now accomplished another world-first by diving to the deepest depth ever reached in the ocean.
Keep scrolling to read more about this remarkable woman, and to hear the details surrounding her latest mission...
Dr. Kathy Sullivan is one remarkable woman.The former NASA astronaut turned oceanographer has accomplished so much in her lifetime, and she is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
It all started in 1978.That year, Sullivan joined NASA as part of the first group of U.S. astronauts to include women.
And, just 6 years later, Sullivan changed the world of science forever.On October 11th, 1984, she became the first American woman to walk in space.
Sullivan's spacewalk remains today as a significant moment in astronomy history.“That is really great," Dr. Sullivan had said after she floated into the cargo bay of the shuttle Challenger, about 140 miles above Earth.
Dr. Sullivan has arguably paved the way for all female astronauts and astronomers...And this year, at the age of sixty-eight, she has gone and achieved yet another world first.
As well as a love for space, Sullivan was always fascinated by the ocean.Before becoming an astronaut, she had participated in one of the first attempts to use a submersible - a type of boat that is driven underwater - to study the volcanic processes that make the ocean crust, according to Collect Space.
And, following her departure from NASA...She became the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a research agency that provides environmental aids such as coastal restoration and fisheries management.
And this year, Sullivan embarked upon yet another groundbreaking voyage.Along with explorer, Victor L. Vescovo, Sullivan reached the Challenger Deep, which is the lowest of the many seabed recesses that span the globe. No one has ever reached such depths before.
Now, as most of you will know...Our oceans remain vastly unexplored.
The statistics are staggering.A vast eighty percent of our oceans remain untouched and unexplored.
But why is this?Why would we neglect something that's both so important to a successful life on Earth, and something that's directly on our doorstep?
Well, it turns out that diving to the deepest depths of the ocean is a lot easier said than done.Thanks to the poor visibility and extremely high pressures of the ocean floor, it has proven to be virtually impossible for us humans to explore these dark and mysterious depths.
So, because of this...Scientists and researchers have had to rely on technologies such as solar mapping to learn about the secrets of the ocean.
But now, thanks to the funding, research, and coordinating from EYOS Expeditions, the deepest ever depths have now been reached.
What a way to kick off #WorldOceansDay Dr. Kathy Sullivan becomes 1st woman to Challenger Deep & then connects to t… https://t.co/7occmFoGRS— EYOS Expeditions (@EYOS Expeditions)1591635652.0
This makes her both the first woman to walk in space and the first person to dive to such depths.
36 years after my space walk, I became the first woman to dive to the deepest known spot in the ocean - the Challen… https://t.co/ffyTRONuRz— Kathy Sullivan (@Kathy Sullivan)1591709084.0
It took around 4 hours to reach their final destination.Here, they took photographs from the Limiting Factor, a specially designed deep-sea research submersible, for around an hour and a half before making the gruelling ascent back to the surface.
And, to make this trip even more remarkable...Upon their return to the surface, Dr. Sullivan and called a group of astronauts aboard the International Space Station, around 254 miles above the earth.
In a statement released by EYOS Expeditions, Dr. Sullivan said:“As a hybrid oceanographer and astronaut, this was an extraordinary day, a once in a lifetime day, seeing the moonscape of the Challenger Deep and then comparing notes with my colleagues on the ISS about our remarkable reusable inner-space outer-spacecraft,"
People from all over the world have been sending their words of congratulations to Dr. Sullivan...
@AstroKDS Always leading the way, thank you for your leadership and inspiration 🚀— Jon McBride (@Jon McBride)1591710231.0
Dr. Sullivan truly has paved the way in both the world of astronomy and geology...
@AstroKDS From the highest high above Earth (for now) to the lowest low below her surface! What a ride! Congrats!… https://t.co/7X2NFp3J9N— Atii Sled Dogs (@Atii Sled Dogs)1591713942.0