First American woman to walk in space reaches the Challenger Deep

The first American woman to walk on space broke a new record recents by becoming the first woman in the world to reach the lowest point on earth. Kathy Sullivan reached got to the bottom of the Challenger Deep, a 36,000 foot dive in the western Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench.

According to a statement released by EYOS Expeditions, a firm coordinating the mission’s logistics, Sullivan is “the first human to have been in space and at full ocean depth.”

The point of the mission was to compare notes and vehicle experiences between the International Space Station and submersive "Limiting Factor" that took Sullivan and her team into the Challenger Deep, according to the statement.

EYOS Expeditions expedition leader Rob McCallum said, “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’. Two groups of humans using cutting edge technology to explore the outer edges of our world. It highlighted the vast span of human endeavour while at the same time linking us close together as fellow explorers.”

This story was originally published by Good Morning America.

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