Wednesday, January 27, 2021

First American Woman To Space Walk Dives To Challenger Deep


Astronaut and oceanographer Dr. Kathy Sullivan, the first American woman to do a space walk, this week became the first woman to dive to the deepest point in the ocean.

Sullivan dove to the Challenger Deep aboard the submersible Limiting Factor with pilot Victor Vescovo.

Shortly after her dive, Sullivan spoke to astronauts on the International Space Station.

According to Sullivan:

“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.”

According to Vescovo:

“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.”

(Image credit: Enrique Alvarez)

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John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.


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