NASA Space

Curiosity sends astronaut Kathy Sullivan from the darkest oceans to Perseverance’s house on Mars

Life is all about exploring what is surrounding you, according to former astronaut Kathryn Sullivan. She was the very first American woman to be able to walk in space as a NASA astronaut. She was a key figure in creating the Hubble Space Telescope on Earth, guaranteeing that potential spacewalkers will have the equipment they needed to maintain the satellite’s instruments even after it was deployed. She also went to the Mariana Trench, the ocean’s deepest point, this summer. (She jokes that her peers refer to her as “a lady of serious ups and downs.”) During a media function organized by Desert Research Institute, she stressed that discovery isn’t all about extremes.

Sullivan stated, “My journey as an adventurer began on a very limited scale in the small backyard in the northern part of New Jersey, as well as on the pages of books.” “Exploring should not necessarily have to include traveling to distant locations. Exploring is essentially turning one’s interest into motion.” “Another excellent quality is curiosity. Never be scared to inquire “why?” or “I wonder how?” or “What if?” and then follow up on the issue, “Sullivan stated. “It isn’t so much about learning, searching, or looking up the answers. It’s all about trying to understand and reason so that you can come up with answers to the questions that no one else has ever asked.”

Sullivan contrasted her three trips on NASA’s space shuttles in the 1980s as well as 1990s with her latest trip in a submersible known as the “Limiting Factor” during the incident. The two dangerous journeys were vastly different for her, even though both involved a vehicle capable of protecting a human body from forces it couldn’t otherwise handle. “Exiting the planet to be able to move to outer space is an intense event: it’s very brief, very intense, and it just takes 8.5 minutes to get into orbit,” she explained. “Leaving the Earth’s crust to travel to the deep sea’s bottom is even more quiet, cool, and smooth. It’s like taking a peaceful elevator trip.”

She added that the vision is often astoundingly new. “From the elevations that we fly at, you can see approximately 1,000 miles, in every dimension from a spaceship,” Sullivan stated. “And in the submersible, one can only be able to see as far as the lights you bring with you illuminate — which in the deep, deep sea is usually about 30 feet,” or even around 9 meters. Though, Sullivan isn’t finished with discovery even after exploring both space and the ocean’s depths. She’s particularly interested in NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover, that settled on Red Planet in February, as well as will travel this month with a tiny companion helicopter.

“A little part of me wishes I could be there with Perseverance, scuffing at the dirt with my own boot or sifting it from my own gloved hand and soaking in the complete feeling of being there,” Sullivan stated. “It’s one thing to look at Perseverance’s incredible images; impressive though they are, I believe we all realize as human beings that it’s another to be there and feel it.”