The Desert Research Institute Foundation is honoring Dr. Kathy Sullivan with the 31st Nevada Medal for "her remarkable accomplishments in her pursuit to explore and share her scientific discoveries with the world."
Sullivan is the first American woman to walk in space for NASA, she led the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as Administrator and in 2020 made an historic dive to our ocean’s deepest point.
Established in 1988 to acknowledge outstanding achievement in the fields of science and engineering, the Nevada Medal is the highest scientific honor in the state of Nevada.
The Desert Research Institute is the nonprofit research campus of the Nevada System of Higher Education and is a global leader in environmental research.
Based in Nevada with campuses in both Reno and Las Vegas, DRI has more than 450 scientists, faculty, and staff currently working on some of the most complex environmental issues. For more than 60 years, DRI has been leading data-driven research for important and timely insight into the environmental effects on human health, water quality, and availability, and climate change, and extreme weather.
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The Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionized our understanding of the universe. It has, among many other achievements, revealed thousands of galaxies in what seemed to be empty patches of sky; transformed our knowledge of black holes; found dwarf planets with moons orbiting other stars, and measured precisely how fast the universe is expanding. In Handprints on Hubble, retired astronaut Kathy Sullivan describes her work on the NASA team that made all of this possible. Sullivan recounts how she and other astronauts, engineers, and scientists launched, rescued, repaired, and maintained Hubble, the most productive observatory ever built.
Along the way, Sullivan chronicles her early life as a “Sputnik Baby,” her path to NASA through oceanography, and her initiation into the space program where she was one of the first six women to join NASA's astronaut corps. She describes in vivid detail what liftoff feels like inside a spacecraft and shows us the view from a spacewalk. Sullivan explains that “maintainability” was designed into Hubble, and she describes the work of inventing the tools and processes that made on-orbit maintenance possible. Because in-flight repair and upgrade was part of the plan, NASA was able to fix a serious defect in Hubble's mirrors — leaving literal and metaphorical “handprints on Hubble.”
Handprints on Hubble was published with the support of the MIT Press Fund for Diverse Voices.
CEO, The Planetary Society
Dr. Sullivan starts out headed for the bottom of the sea. Soon, she flies us 200 miles above the sky, using her head, heart, and hands to solve problem after problem— and help us take in views that are out of this world. She does it all with her veneer of astronaut cool, of course. What an adventure—no wonder she loves it.
Astronaut; NASA Administrator
A wonderful tale of the most remarkable scientific instrument of our time, and the people who made it possible. This fascinating story of the Hubble Space Telescope’s visioning, development, and miraculous recovery, written by my longtime friend and two-time shuttle crewmate Dr. Kathy Sullivan, pays tribute to the unsung heroes of Hubble’s initial deployment and subsequent servicing.
Space correspondent, ABC News; author, Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space
So that’s how it all works! Kathy Sullivan’s insider knowledge and spacewalking savvy turn the nuts-and-bolts narrative of a giant piece of hardware into a daring space odyssey. From roaring rockets to tiny wrenches – as human ingenuity shaped NASA technology – it’s an intimate portrait of our magnificent Hubble eye-in-the-sky. I was, yes, riveted.
[A]n accessible and fascinating memoir of [Sullivan’s] experiences as a pioneering scientist, highlighted by her work on the Hubble space telescope… Sullivan’s fine volume shines a light on the nuts-and-bolts tasks that make extraordinary endeavors possible.”
Throughout the narrative, [Sullivan’s] easy hand with details and infectious enthusiasm make for a winning combination. A smooth delivery of the nit and grit behind the success of the Hubble.”
Astronaut Kathy Sullivan was there at the beginning of Hubble's design. As much as anyone, her handprints are on this magnificent space observatory. A page-turner, Sullivan's memoir is for more than space buffs. It's for anyone who loves a good read about an adventurous life written by the person who lived it.
The astronaut and oceanographer’s expeditions have taken her where few others have gone before — and have helped open up a universe of knowledge to scientists
In 1976, Kathy Sullivan was finishing up her Ph.D. in oceanography when an intriguing, if somewhat far-fetched, opportunity presented itself: the chance to become an astronaut. Her expertise was in the geology of the deep-sea floor, a few hundred miles in the exact opposite direction of where a space flight would take her, and joining NASA, she realized, could shut the door forever on her career in oceanography.
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Only one person in the entire world has walked in space and travelled to the deepest part of the ocean – and that person is Kathy Sullivan. As we recently discovered, the American icon and Omega ambassador has plenty of wisdom and perspective to show for it.
Kathy Sullian never really knew what she wanted to ‘be’
when she was growing up. Which is extraordinary (and frankly
a little enviable) when you consider her long list of accomplishments.
Part of NASA’s first intake of female astronauts in 1978, Sullivan
became the first American woman to complete a space walk six
years later. She was a crew member on three Space Shuttle missions
(including the deployment of the first space telescope, Hubble) and
held scientific advisory roles during both the George H.W. Bush and
Obama administrations. To top that off, last year became the first
woman to travel 11 kilometres down to Challenger Deep, the deepest
known point in the Earth’s seabed, which sits in the western Pacific
Ocean at the southern tip of the Mariana Trench. And that’s barely
scratching the surface.
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Interview with Radio Canada en Français
Kathy Sullivan was interviewed by Radio Canada for their show on the Earth's oceans called "Océans : Renverser la vapeur." Few of us have observed the Earth, like Kathy Sullivan. As an astronaut and an oceanographer ahe has a unique understanding of how closely linked we are all with the world's oceans.
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