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Kathryn D. Sullivan

Dr. Kathryn Sullivan joined NASA as part of the barrier-breaking astronaut class of 1978. As one of the first six women chosen for the “Thirty-Five New Guys,” Sullivan became the first American woman to perform a spacewalk high above Earth. She continued to break boundaries after NASA as the first woman to dive to lowest point on Earth, to Challenger Deep inside the Mariana Trench.

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Kathryn D. Sullivan

Dr. Kathryn Sullivan is a licensed pilot and enjoys an active and athletic lifestyle. Graduating with a BS in Earth sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz, she went on to earn her doctorate in geology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. During a holiday gathering in 1978, Sullivan’s brother pestered her to apply for the new 1978 astronaut class because for the first time, NASA was accepting women and minority candidates.

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Astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan, 41-G mission specialist sitting with her STS-41G crewmembers
Astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan, 41-G mission specialist, joins with other members of the seven-person crew prior to a training session in the Shuttle mockup and integration laboratory at the Johnson Space Center.  (2 September 1984)
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