The First American Woman to Spacewalk Has Journeyed To the Deepest Point in the Ocean

NASA astronaut and oceanographer Dr. Katherine D (Cathy) Sullivan became the first woman to reach the deepest knowledge of the ocean, breaking records and now lowering one more. In June, three space shuttle planes flew about 10,915 meters (35,810 feet) toward the Challenger Deep, a place off the coast of the Earth at the southern end of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean.  His vehicle was a submerged factory – the Explorer, a private equity investor, and the creation of retired U.S. Navy officer Victor Vescovo who survived the Triton submarines.

Dr. Sullivan told IFLScience in an interview, “Victor invited Challenger Deep, the deepest point on the planet, to join the expedition with the intention of immersing him in a submerged factor.” “It was a natural and easy decision for me because I know the engineering and technology that Victor and the Triton submersible team put into the submarine.”

As the eighth person in history to reach this depth, Sullivan, who became the first American woman to walk in space on October 11, 1986, is now the only person in the world to have experienced both. According to Sullivan, however, everyone’s rides were pole different.

Sullivan explained, “If your destination is less than Earth’s orbit, reaching your destination is like dropping a bomb. It is a very intense force in a very short time; Thousands of pounds in eight and a half minutes, [even] millions of pounds of pressure.” “Reaching the bottom of the Marianas Trench is four hours, long and gracious, gentle and clear… It will remind you even more of a long-haul plane without leaving you a very exotic destination without omitting something hyper-dramatic.”

Sullivan and pilot Vescovo, who last year docked the same submarine at the deepest point in each of the world’s oceans, planned to spend another four hours experimenting on the surface with scientific instruments to refine the depth of the Challenger dip and collect a few rocks. The electrical system problem forced the two to re-emerge two hours later, but that didn’t stop Sullivan from getting around.

Sullivan recalled, “I spent every moment looking from all [viewport] and trying to squint and watch.”We were one to two meters from the bottom and the life of this very deep one adapts to this harsh environment … It’s not a lot of life and it doesn’t lean towards the big life … because there’s a lot There is no food supply. “

Sullivan added, “But it felt like the moon was rising to me, that is, it reminded me of that.”… I have to investigate to satisfy my curiosity about what these animals were. Sullivan is no stranger to the sea. Sullivan, a former administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with an in geology/oceanography, was always ambitious to reach the bottom of the deep sea, but could not cross when the opportunity arose to travel the other way. It’s up.

Sullivan said, “I think when I was growing up, everyone saw every image of the world, and they all fascinated me.” “But, I mean, we all know it personally. There’s a difference between looking at your friend’s vacation pictures from the Grand Canyon and being in the Grand Canyon yourself. You can change the way you look at pictures of Earth astronauts.”

When Sullivan and Vescovo reappeared, they were greeted with a call from the International Space Station (ISS) orbiting 400 kilometers (250 miles) above, which not only linked Sullivan’s own achievements but also highlighted the latest developments in reusable ships.

Sullivan said, “The time interval between the Challenger Deep and the first submersion to the second was 52 years … and now in this expedition, we will do it three times in 10 days.” “It’s a remarkable leap forward in terms of the reliability and reusability of the sinking plant, and the SpaceX Dragon capsule that took Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the space station, the first flight in front of the same kind of commercial jump … reliable, reusable.”  Combined with the EYOS campaign, the “Ring of Fire” campaign, in which Sullivan was involved, will run until July of this year, demonstrating limited-factor engineering skills and advancing scientific research into this deep pocket of the world.