First American woman to walk in space now first woman to reach deepest point of ocean

  

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Via:  perrie-halpern  •  one month ago  •  8 comments

By:   Doha Madani

First American woman to walk in space now first woman to reach deepest point of ocean
Kathy Sullivan, America's first female spacewalker, also became the first woman to reach the deepest known point of the ocean.

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Kathy Sullivan, America's first female spacewalker, also became the first woman to reach the deepest known point of the ocean.

Sullivan dove to the bottom of the Challenger Deep and safely returned in her submersible vessel on Monday, according to EYOS Expeditions, the company that operated her expedition. She is now the eighth person to reach the depth, the lowest point in the Marianas Trench, which is about 35,853 feet under the Western Pacific Ocean surface.

A call was made between Sullivan's vessel at the bottom of the ocean and astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The call was an homage to Sullivan's other historic adventure, when she became the first American woman to walk in space in 1984.

Let our news meet your inbox. The news and stories that matters, delivered weekday mornings. Sign Up Astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan, 41-G mission specialist, uses binoculars for a magnified viewing of Earth through Challenger's forward cabin windows on Oct. 6, 1984.Johnson Space Center / NASAAstronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan checks the latch of the SIR-B antenna in the space shuttle Challenger's open cargo bay during her historic extravehicular activity (EVA) on Oct. 11, 1984.NASA

"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," Sullivan said in a press release.

Expedition leader Rob McCallum said it was amazing to set up the call between the two "spacecrafts."

"Two groups of humans using cutting edge technology to explore the outer edges of our world," McCallum said. "It highlighted the vast span of human endeavor while at the same time linking us close together as fellow explorers."

The first two people to reach the Challenger Deep, located in the south end of the Mariana Trench about 190 miles southwest of Guam, were Don Walsh and Jacques Picard in 1960.

Dr. Kathy Sullivan and Victor Vescovo reviewing the plans before their dive to Challenger Deep.Enrique Alvarez / EYOS ExpeditionsKathy Sullivan just completed her historic dive to become the first woman to reach the deepest point in the ocean and the first human to have been in space and at full ocean depth.EYOS Expeditions

Victor Vescovo reached the bottom last year as part of an expedition team that made five dives in the Mariana Trench over the course of a week. Vescovo described the trench as "very peaceful" in an interview with Live Science last year.

"Honestly, toward the end, I simply turned the thrusters off, leaned back in the cockpit and enjoyed a tuna fish sandwich while I very slowly drifted just above the bottom of the deepest place on Earth, enjoying the view and appreciating what the team had done technically," Vescovo said.

"Avatar" and "Titanic" filmmaker James Cameron broke the record for deepest solo dive in 2012 when he became the first person to reach the Challenger Deep alone.


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Buzz of the Orient
1  Buzz of the Orient    one month ago

She is a woman who has brought new meaning to the Irving Berlin song....because she knows....

How Deep Is the Ocean (How High Is the Sky)

How can I tell you
What is in my heart?
How can I measure
Each and every part?

How can I tell you
How much I love you?
How can I measure
Just how much I do?

How much do I love you?
I'll tell you no lie
How deep is the ocean?
How high is the sky?

How many times a day
Do I think of you?
How many roses
Are sprinkled with dew?

How far would I travel
To be where you are?
How far is the journey
From here to a star?

And if I ever lost you
How much would I cry?
How deep is the ocean?
How high is the sky?

And for a little taste of Streisand and son....

https://video.tudou.com/v/XNzgwODM5MTQw.html?spm=a2h0k.8191414.0.0&from=s1.8-1-1.2

 
 
 
Kavika
2  Kavika     one month ago

The up and down of it all. 

Kudos Kathy Sullivan.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
3  Trout Giggles    one month ago

Wow...she's just all over the place! Impressive!

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
4  FLYNAVY1    one month ago

Training for one is much like training for the other...... Go for it!

 
 
 
Pedro
5  Pedro    one month ago

I was scared to dive 100 feet. 35k+ feet! After space walking. This lady is a straight bad ass.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
6  Paula Bartholomew    one month ago

We all have our "highs and lows" but how many of us can claim that they made history?

 
 
 
XDm9mm
6.1  XDm9mm  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @6    one month ago
We all have our "highs and lows" but how many of us can claim that they made history?

Every one of us.  Most of it no one outside of the individuals immediate circle of family and friends ever hear about it, but we all make history.  Hell, you too are in some historical record somewhere, if even for nothing more than being born.

But some have the distinction of gaining 'celebrity' for their actions, while the rest of us live in anonymity.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
6.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  XDm9mm @6.1    one month ago

Your comment made me think about what you said, and it's not something I ever would have considered or thought about but I see your point, because every human being is different from all others, even identical twins are not absolutely identical and in that regard we each are individual existences with exclusive histories.  That may not be reaching for the stars, but it is something with some depth to it, so to speak. 

 
 
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