We all know Sally Ride was the first female astronaut to be launched into space, however most of us are not aware that Kathryn Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space today in 1984. Now WE know em


Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan was born October 3, 1951 in Paterson, New Jersey.

Kathryn went on to earn her bachelor in science degree in Earth Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1973, as well as her Ph.D. in geology from Dalhousie University in 1978.

NASA Group 8

On January 16, 1978, a new group of 35 astronauts was selected after 9 years without any new astronauts.

Geologist Dr. Kathryn Sullivan was selected in this group, along with the first American in woman in space Sally Ride.



Kathryn flew on STS-41-G aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger along with Sally Ride as a mission specialist.

On this mission, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan performed the first EVA by an American woman on October 11, 1984.

Her historic spacewalk lasted 3 hours and 29 minutes.

sullivan space walk

Kathryn would go on to fly on three space shuttle missions, logging 22 days, 4 hours, 49 minutes in space (532 hours).

After leaving NASA, Kathryn served as President and CEO of the COSI Columbus, an interactive science center in Columbus, Ohio and as Director for Ohio State University’s Battelle Center for Mathematics and Science Education Policy as well as a volunteer science advisor to COSI.

She was appointed to the National Science Board by President Bush in 2004.

Also in 2004, Dr. Sullivan was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame.

Then on May 4, 2011, Dr. Sullivan, was confirmed by unanimous consent of the U.S. Senate and appointed by President Obama to serve as assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction and deputy administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Dr. Sullivan assumed her current role as Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting NOAA Administrator on February 28, 2013.


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