Jun 222021

Dynamic Earth, EH8 8AS

Portrait of Dr. Kathy Sullivan in her flight suit with a background that merges space and the ocean displayed at the entrance of Dynamic Earth
Dr. Kathy Sullivan by Shona Hardie; image by Chris Scott Photography

Dr. Kathy Sullivan was the first American woman to complete a spacewalk, the first woman to travel to the bottom of the ocean, and the first person to do both. In 1984, Kathy crewed the Space Shuttle Challenger and completed a historic spacewalk that proved it was possible to refuel satellites in orbit. Kathy’s crucial work on satellites continued in 1990 when she was part of the crew that launched the Hubble Space Telescope. In 2020, Kathy travelled to the Challenger Deep, the deepest known part of the ocean in the Marianas Trench, seven miles below the surface. After the dive, Kathy made a phone call to the International Space Station, marking the two extremes of human exploration. Through these landmark milestones, Katy is fulfilling her lifelong passion to understand the world around her and inspiring others to follow their dreams.