First US Woman To Walk In Space Now Reaches Deepest Point In Ocean, Creates History

On Monday, 68-year-old Sullivan, an astronaut and oceanographer, emerged from her 35,810-foot dive to the Challenger Deep.

India   |   10 Jun 2020 11:44 AM GMT
Writer : Reethu Ravi | Editor : Shubhendu Deshmukh | Creatives : Abhishek M
First US Woman To Walk In Space Now Reaches Deepest Point In Ocean, Creates History

Image Credits: Wikimedia

Kathy Sullivan, the first US woman to walk in space, has become the first woman to reach Challenger Deep, the deepest known point on Earth, in the South Pacific.

Challenger Deep lies about 35,853 feet below the Western Pacific Ocean's surface within the Mariana Trench.

On Monday, 68-year-old Sullivan, an astronaut and oceanographer, emerged from her 35,810-foot dive to the Challenger Deep, said a statement from EYOS Expeditions, a company coordinating the logistics of the mission.

In 1983, Sullivan, a veteran of three space shuttle flights, had scripted history by becoming the first American woman to walk in space. She is the 8th person to reach the bottom of the Challenger Deep, according to EYOS.

"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," said Sullivan.

Shortly after completing the expedition, Sullivan and her fellow diver Victor Vescovo made a call between Sullivan's vessel - the DSSV Pressure Drop, the mothership of submersible DSV Limiting Factor - at the bottom of the ocean and astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Last year, Vescovo became the fourth person in history to reach Challenger Deep.

"We made some more history today… and then got to share the experience with kindred spirits in the ISS. It was a pleasure to have Kathy along both as an oceanographer during the dive, and then as an astronaut to talk to the ISS," Vescovo said.

Also Read: "Did A Little Dance", Says PM Jacinda Ardern As New Zealand Declares Itself COVID-19 Free

Suggest a correction

    Help Us Correct

    To err is human, to help correct is humane
    Identified a factual or typographical error in this story? Kindly use this form to alert our editors
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • Form Submitted Successfully
    Error in submitting form. Try again later

Contributors

Reethu Ravi

Reethu Ravi

Trainee Digital Journalist

Reethu, a story teller, a person often found between the pages of a book or contemplating the nuances of life.

Shubhendu Deshmukh

Shubhendu Deshmukh

Digital Editor

Shubhendu, the quint essential news junky, the man who loves science and politics in equal measure and offers the complete contrast to it by being a fan of urdu poetry as well.

Abhishek M

Abhishek M

Creative Producer

" An engineer by profession, Abhishek is the creative producer of the team, graphic designing is his passion and travelling his get away. In more ways than one, he makes the content visually appealing."

Next Story