Kathryn D. Sullivan

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Date of Birth October 3, 1951
Place of Birth Paterson, New Jersey
Age 69 years old
Horoscope Libra

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Kathryn D. Sullivan

Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan 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. She was Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 6, 2014. Sullivan's tenure ended on January 20, 2017 with the swearing in of President Donald Trump. Following completion of her service at NOAA, she was designated as the 2017 Charles A. Lindbergh Chair of Aerospace History at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum., and has also served as a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

About Kathryn D. Sullivan

Geologist and former NASA astronaut who became the first American woman to walk in space. President Bush appointed her a member of the National Science Board in 2004.

Before Fame

She received her B.S. in Earth Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her Ph.D. in Geology from Dalhousie University.


She served aboard the three space shuttle missionsSTS-41-G, STS-31, and STS-45.

Family Life

She was born to Barbara and Donald in Paterson, New Jersey.


Although not as famous as Neil Armstrong, she was also a NASA astronaut.

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