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Astronaut Kathryn SullivanOn this date in history… October 11, 1984, aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, NASA Astronaut Kathryn Sullivan became the first American woman to do this in space.

QUESTION:

What did she do?

ANSWER:

Do a space walk.

EXPLANATION:

Kathryn Sullivan graduated from Taft High School in Woodland Hills in 1969.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Sciences from UC Santa Cruz in 1973 and went on to to get a Ph.D. in geology in 1978.  Dr. Sullivan became an astronaut in August 1979.  She is a veteran of three shuttle missions and a 2004 inductee to the Astronaut Hall of Fame.

Her first shuttle mission, STS-41G, launched from Kennedy Space Center, on October 5, 1984, with a crew of seven. During their eight-day mission, the crew deployed a satellite, conducted scientific observations of the Earth, conducted a satellite refueling demonstration, and conducted numerous in-cabin experiments.

During the mission, Dr. Sullivan successfully conducted a 3-1/2 hour Extravehicular Activity (or EVA) to demonstrate the feasibility of actual satellite refueling, making her the first U.S. woman to perform an EVA or “space walk.”

NET CHECK-IN’s:

We had a total of 33 people check into the Net tonight.  Of those, 16 had the correct answer to tonight’s Trivia Question.  Congratulations to:

  • A whole lot of folks who were smart (I’m too lazy to write them all down).

Thank you to everyone who participated in tonight’s net.

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