A former NASA astronaut who became the first woman to ever walk in space has made history once more as she became the first woman to descend to the depths of what is believed to be the deepest point on our planet.
Dr. Kathy Sullivan took to the Mariana Trench in the Pacific to dive to the depths of the Challenger Deep and hit the bottom that lies 36,000 feet beneath the surface.
To fulfill her mission, the space veteran, who walked in space back in 1983, partnered with 54-year-old submarine pilot Victor Vescovo whom she dived into the depths with thanks to the submersible called Limiting Factor.
As EYOS Expeditions have confirmed as they drew comparisons between space and marine expeditions, the submersible in question is the first one to repeatedly reach the bottom of the Challenger Deep and survive 2,200 tons of pressure.
“It was amazing to set up a conversation between two ‘spacecraft’; one operating as a platform for research in outer space, the other an exploration vehicle for ‘inner space,’” Rob McCallum of EYOS Expeditions expressed in a statement.
“Two groups of humans using cutting edge technology to explore the outer edges of our world.
It highlighted the vast span of human endeavor while at the same time linking us close together as fellow explorers.We are well used to our clients being ambitious in their quest to explore… but this was a new ‘first. ’”
Praising the successful exhibition was also Dr. Sullivan who compared the report about the “inner-space outer-spacecraft” with her colleagues at the International Space Station.
“As a hybrid oceanographer and astronaut this was an extraordinary day, a once in a lifetime day,” she said.
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