From space to the depths, Kathy Sullivan has done it all

Date:11 June 2020 Author: Leila Stein

The first US woman to walk in space has set a new record, this time not above our atmosphere but below our seas. Kathy Sullivan has become the first woman to ever reach Challenger Deep, the deepest point in our planet’s oceans.

In 1984, Sullivan became the first woman to complete a spacewalk from the shuttle Challenger. On Sunday, 7 June, she went below the waves, co-piloting a submersible with millionaire adventurer and investor Victor Vescovo.

Challenger Deep is 11 kilometres below the oceans surface in the Mariana Trench.

“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,” Dr. Sullivan said in a statement released by EYOS Expeditions.

The trip took 10 hours in total. According to Science Alert, the team took four hours to descend to these depths, spent 1.5 hours at the bottom and then took another four hours to ascend.

This trip not only made Sullivan the first woman but also only the 8th person to reach this incredible depth.

Image: @astroKDS/Twitter


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