1984 – Astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan becomes the first American woman to perform a space walk
Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan (born October 3, 1951) is an American geologist and a former NASA astronaut.
A crew member on three Space Shuttle missions, she was the first American woman to walk in space on October 11, 1984.
Sullivan and mission specialist David Leestma performed a 3.5-hour spacewalk in which they operated a system designed to show that a satellite could be refueled in orbit.
During their eight-day mission they completed 132 orbits of the Earth in 197.5 hours, before landing at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on October 13, 1984.
Extra Note: On June 7, 2020, she became the first woman to dive to the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the Earth’s oceans.
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