She’s Orbited Earth And Now She’s Gone to The Deepest Point In Mariana Trench. Kathryn Sullivan Is An Inspiration To Women Everywhere
Eleanor Roosevelt has said, “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water”. Women have proved their worth in every field that they have been undermined in and excluded from. Historically, society has always considered some professions more suitable for men, for no rhyme or reason but then that’s true for almost everything else as well. No one believed that women could do the heavy lifting in these fields and do it just as well, maybe even better, than the men. Over time, women branched out into these male-centric professions and threw the stereotypes surrounding them out of the window.
In more recent news, an American woman named Kathryn Sullivan is making headlines. A former NASA astronaut, the 68-year-old has made a groundbreaking journey to the lowest point of earth. She is the first woman and the eighth person to do so. The point she managed to reach is known as the Challenger Deep, and it is located 35,000 feet under the water surface in the Mariana Trench. It has extreme high and pressures and darkness. Experts say that only simple microorganisms can survive in its environment.
In 1984, geologist and former #NASA astronaut Kathryn Sullivan was the first US woman to orbit Earth. Now she also reached the deepest point on Earth, diving more than 11.000 m into the Marian trench 🐟🛸https://t.co/qc5WcWdqPJ pic.twitter.com/WbzQzFnGtI
— History_of_Geology (@Geology_History) June 9, 2020
She took on this expedition with Caladan Oceanic pilot Victor Vescovo. She reached Challenger Deep in an underwater craft called ‘Limiting Factor’ and maintained constant communication with the International Space Station throughout. The first voyage to this deep and dangerous point at the bottom of the ocean was made by Don Walsh and Jacques Picard in 1960.
“As a hybrid oceanographer snd 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,” Sullivan said.
But this is not the first success story in her illustrious career. 37 years ago, Kathryn Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space. Since then, she has taken part in several oceanographic expeditions. In some of these, she studied the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Science has come so far, and to see a woman at the forefront of such path-breaking expeditions is an incredible achievement in itself. It will go a long way in encouraging women and creating more space for them in scientific fields. Kathryn Sullivan will surely be remembered as an inspiration to young, aspiring oceanographers and astronauts.