To the Bottom of the Sea: Interview with Vanessa O’Brien

To the Bottom of the Sea: Interview with Vanessa O’Brien
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On June 8-9, Kathy Sullivan and Vanessa O’Brien became the first women to reach the deepest known point in the ocean, the Mariana Trench. Neither are new to world firsts: Sullivan, 68, is an astronaut and oceanographer; she was the first American woman to walk in space in 1984, and later became the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). O’Brien, 55, is an accomplished mountaineer and became the first American woman to summit K2 in 2017.   Previously, only three dives have successfully reached the Trench, 10,984m below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. Don Walsh and Bertrand Piccard made it to 10,916m as part of a Navy exercise in 1960. In 2012, Titanic director James Cameron reached 10,908m during a solo dive, and in 2019 Victor Vescovo set the world depth record after diving to 10,928m... .... Continue Reading at Explorers Web



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