One Amazing Thing: She Walked In Space and Dove to the Deepest Part of the Ocean

Photo: EYOS Expeditions

We are proud to call Dr. Kathy Sullivan a Friend of the Planet and now she can claim to know the planet better than anyone else ever has, and may ever again.  This week, Kathy completed a dive to the depths of the bottom of the ocean — the Challenger Deep 35,810-feet down — in the Limiting Factor, a specially designed deep-sea research submersible.  She became only the 8th person ever to go that low!  But she has been high as well!  In 1984, Kathy was the first American woman astronaut to walk in space.  She went on to be the Administrator of NOAA, where I (Monica) was lucky to get to know her.  Check out our interview with her last year.   Congratulations, Kathy!  We are in awe!

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