Extended Interview: Kathy Sullivan

Extended Interview: Kathy Sullivan

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How do Earth’s interconnected systems of life, land, sea, and air interact to create weather and climate? It’s not an easy question to answer, so Neil deGrasse Tyson chats with former NOAA administrator Kathy Sullivan. You’ll hear about Kathy’s experience as one of the first class of female astronauts. Kathy, who flew on three Shuttle missions, including STS-31 which deployed the Hubble Space Telescope, was the first American woman to walk in space, and she shares what it’s like to view a lightning storm from low Earth orbit. Next, you’ll learn about NOAA’s mission statement, its oversight of the National Weather Service, and how NOAA “takes the pulse of the planet” and transforms it into reliable, useful data.

This is an extended interview from “The Science of Climate and Weather, with Kathy Sullivan”. Please note that this is the raw interview, with minor edits made to the original interview by our producer to address recording issues, not content. Enjoy!

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