Former NASA astronaut is the first woman to reach ocean’s deepest point

Former NASA astronaut Kathy Sullivan was the first American to walk in space. If that’s not impressive enough, she is now the first woman to reach the ocean’s deepest point.

Image: Enrique Alvarez/EYOS

Dr. Kathy Sullivan (L) and Victor Vescovo (R)

Accompanied by pilot Victor L. Vescovo of Caladan Oceanic, the two reached the Challenger Deep within the Mariana Trench. According to EYOS Expeditions, the bottom of the Challenger Deep is almost 11,000 meters below the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

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The pair’s expedition lasted for about four hours, and the EYOS coordinated a call with the International Space Station upon their return. This allowed them to discuss their journey with the astronauts who are currently in the Space X journey in space.

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In a statement, Sullivan said, “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.”

Vescovo also congratulated Sullivan on Twitter shortly after the expedition.

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