The First American Woman to Walk in Space Reaches Ocean’s Deepest Point

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Imagine witnessing the highest and lowest accessible peaks of the known universe. For former NASA astronaut and oceanographer Kathy Sullivan, this is a reality.

In 1984, Sullivan became the first-ever American woman to walk in space. On Sunday, accompanied by oceanographer Victor Vescovo, the 68-year-old scientist reached the bottom of the Challenger Deep. At 6.9 miles (11,000 meters) below the Earth’s surface, this area, held within the Mariana’s Trench, is the deepest point in all of Earth’s oceans known to mankind.

Inside of the specially-designed submersible Limiting Factor, Sullivan and Vescovo spent an hour and a half photographing Challenger Deep, submerging to a bottom pressure of 1,000 times that of sea level. After the ascent from the depths, which took around four hours, the scientists alerted partners of the mission’s success. It is expected that the expedition will result in the first ever 4k video of Challenger Deep.

Not only was Sullivan one of the first women in space, but as of now, she is the first person to have both walked in space and also reached the deepest part of the Earth. “As a hybrid oceanographer and astronaut this was an extraordinary day, a once-in-a-lifetime day,” she said.

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