Marine Institute to broadcast Irish exclusive interview with the Most Vertical Girl in the World

Join Kathy Sullivan in conversation with broadcaster Pat Kenny

From Space to the Sea Floor Thursday 23 July 2:00pm IST / 9:00AM EDT

Live on the Marine Institute's Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Channels

21 July 2020 - This Thursday 23rd July, Kathy Sullivan will join broadcaster Pat Kenny for an exclusive Irish interview which will be broadcast live on the Marine Institute's Facebook page, Twitter account and YouTube Channel. Kathy Sullivan, an astronaut, oceanographer, explorer and author is the first person to ever experience travelling to both deep space and the oceans deep. Kathy will share her remarkable history-making story, offering unique insights into her exploration at the Join Kathy Sullivan in conversation with broadcaster Pat Kennyextreme frontiers, recalling the experiences of walking in space and charting oceans.

Kathy Sullivan, who has Irish roots, was the first American woman to walk in space in 1984, and at 68-years of age, she made history again just last month. On June 6, the oceanographer and former NASA astronaut became the first woman to reach Challenger Deep, the deepest known location in the ocean. At 35,810-foot deep, the dive now makes Sullivan the first person to both walk in space and descend to the deepest point in the ocean.

Kathy Sullivan in Conversation with broadcaster Pat Kenny is being brought to you as part of the Marine Institute's Oceans of Learning series, which aims to remind everyone of the major role the ocean has on our everyday lives and to inspire a new generation of ocean champions.

Kathy Sullivan in conversation with broadcaster Pat Kenny
Thursday 23 July 2:00pm IST / 9:00AM EDT
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Dr. Kathryn Sullivan has a long career as a distinguished scientist, astronaut and executive. She was one of the first six women to join the NASA astronaut corps in 1978 and holds the distinction of being the first American woman to walk in space. Her submersible dive to the Challenger Deep in June of 2020 made her the first person to both orbit the planet and reach its deepest point, as well as the first woman to dive to full ocean depth.

Sullivan has held a variety of senior executive positions since leaving NASA, including Presidential appointments to the National Science Board and as Chief Scientist, Deputy Administrator and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She currently serves on the boards of International Paper, Accenture Federal Services, the National Audubon Society and Terra Alpha Investments, and is a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

Dr. Sullivan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Sciences from University of California at Santa Cruz and a Ph.D. in Geology from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been elected into the Astronaut Hall of Fame, Women Aviators Hall of Fame, Women Divers Hall of Fame and Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame. She was recognised as one of the 46 distinguished First Women by Time Magazine (2017), the 15 Women Changing the World by the World Economic Forum (2015) and Time's 100 Most Influential People (2014). She has been awarded the Explorers Club Medal, the Rachel Carson Award, an Emmy and nine honorary degrees. She is the author of the children's book To the Stars! (Charlesbridge Press, 2016) and Handprints on Hubble, An Astronaut's Story of Invention (MIT Press, 2019).