On 28 October, the US Navy commissioned a 238-foot research ship in memory of astronaut and oceanographer, Sally Kristen Ride, at Broadway Pier along San Diego’s Embarcadero.
R/V Sally Ride is a stateof- the-art, Neil Armstrong-class, auxiliary general oceanographic research or “AGOR” ship which are named for leaders in exploration and science. R/V Sally Ride is the first such academic research ship to be named in honour of a woman.
Sally Ride was born in Los Angeles and joined NASA in 1978 to become the first American woman in space in 1983. The third woman in space after USSR cosmonauts Valentina Tereshkova (1963) and Svetlana Savitskaya (1982), Ride is still the youngest American astronaut to have traveled to space at age 32, flying twice in Challenger.
Although owned by the US Navy, R/V Sally Ride will be operated by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Her first scientific mission is scheduled for 4 November.