Navy research ship named for Sally Ride - New York News

Navy research ship named for Sally Ride, first U.S. woman in space

Updated:
An artist's rendering of the Armstrong-class auxiliary general oceanographic research vessel. (U.S. Navy photo) An artist's rendering of the Armstrong-class auxiliary general oceanographic research vessel. (U.S. Navy photo)
Astronaut Sally Ride, monitors control panels from the pilot's chair on the flight deck during STS-7, which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Fla., June 18, 1983. (NASA photo) Astronaut Sally Ride, monitors control panels from the pilot's chair on the flight deck during STS-7, which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Fla., June 18, 1983. (NASA photo)
MYFOXNY.COM -

The United States Navy will name a research ship after the late Sally Ride, a NASA astronaut and the first American woman to travel into space.

"Sally Ride's career was one of firsts and will inspire generations to come," Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said in a statement. "I named R/V Sally Ride to honor a great researcher, but also to encourage generations of students to continue exploring, discovering and reaching for the stars." 

After her career as an astronaut ended, Ride served as director of NASA's Office of Exploration, taught physics at UC-San Diego, and founded Sally Ride Science, a company that develops science programs for 4th to 8th graders.

Ride died of pancreatic cancer in 2012.  She was 61.

The Sally Ride will be a 238-foot Armstrong-class auxiliary general oceanographic research vessel, also known as an AGOR ship, equipped with ocean-mapping equipment, onboard laboratories, and more.

Although owned by the Navy's Office of Naval Research, AGOR ships are operated by crews of scientists and commercial mariners. The Scripps Institution of Oceanography will operate the Sally Ride under charter.

By tradition, AGOR ships are named for leaders in exploration and science. Sally Ride will be the first academic research ship to be named for a woman, according to the Navy.

  • MilitaryMore>>

  • Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts

    Army veteran receives Medal of Honor for bloody Afghanistan battle

    Army veteran receives Medal of Honor for bloody Afghanistan battle

    Monday, July 21 2014 4:17 PM EDT2014-07-21 20:17:48 GMT
    White House imageWhite House image
    President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor Monday on a former Army staff sergeant who fought off enemy fighters during one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghanistan war. Ryan M. Pitts is the ninth living recipient of the nation's highest decoration for battlefield valor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor Monday on a former Army staff sergeant who fought off enemy fighters during one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghanistan war. Ryan M. Pitts is the ninth living recipient of the nation's highest decoration for battlefield valor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Coast Guard Cutter Eagle: 'America's Tall Ship'

    Coast Guard Cutter Eagle: 'America's Tall Ship'

    Friday, July 18 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-07-18 22:22:04 GMT
    The boatswain's pipe aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle rendered honors, Friday, not for Fox 5 but for some more dignified individual who'd just climbed aboard one of the very few active square riggers still in U.S. government service. Riveted together in Hamburg, Germany, for the German Navy, the Eagle earned its American citizenship when the United States seized it after World War II.
    The boatswain's pipe aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle rendered honors, Friday, not for Fox 5 but for some more dignified individual who'd just climbed aboard one of the very few active square riggers still in U.S. government service. Riveted together in Hamburg, Germany, for the German Navy, the Eagle earned its American citizenship when the United States seized it after World War II.
  • Soldiers' use of mental health services up, stigma down

    Soldiers' use of mental health services up, stigma down

    As war raged in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. soldiers almost doubled their use of mental health services -- and they felt more comfortable seeking such treatment, according to new research.
    As war raged in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. soldiers almost doubled their use of mental health services -- and they felt more comfortable seeking such treatment, according to new research.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • FAA extends ban on U.S. flights to Tel Aviv

    FAA extends ban on U.S. flights to Tel Aviv

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:17 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:17:17 GMT
    The Federal Aviation Administration has extended the ban on U.S. carriers from flying to Tel Aviv for another 24 hours. Word came from the FAA at about 12:40 pm. on Wednesday, 24 hours after it issued its initial ban to Israel and following a rocket launch from Gaza that landed near the Ben Gurion airport.
    The Federal Aviation Administration has extended the ban on U.S. carriers from flying to Tel Aviv for another 24 hours. Word came from the FAA at about 12:40 pm. on Wednesday, 24 hours after it issued its initial ban to Israel and following a rocket launch from Gaza that landed near the Ben Gurion airport.
  • NBA's Felton pleads guilty in gun case

    NBA's Felton pleads guilty in gun case

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:15 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:15:05 GMT
    Former NY Knicks point guard Raymond Felton pleaded guilty Wednesday in a Manhattan gun case, taking a plea deal that involved admitting a felony but spares him jail. Last winter, after Felton's law student wife filed for divorce, her attorney brought a loaded semi-automatic handgun to a police precinct and said it was Felton's and she wanted it out of the house, authorities said.  Felton's attorney said he never threatened anyone with the gun.
    Former NY Knicks point guard Raymond Felton pleaded guilty Wednesday in a Manhattan gun case, taking a plea deal that involved admitting a felony but spares him jail. Last winter, after Felton's law student wife filed for divorce, her attorney brought a loaded semi-automatic handgun to a police precinct and said it was Felton's and she wanted it out of the house, authorities said. Felton's attorney said he never threatened anyone with the gun.
  • Fortune 500 firm Sealed Air moving HQ to Charlotte

    Fortune 500 firm Sealed Air moving HQ to Charlotte

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:01 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:01:51 GMT
    North Carolina has convinced Fortune 500 packaging company Sealed Air Corp. to move nearly 1,300 jobs to the Charlotte area by relocating its New Jersey headquarters and consolidating management operations from...
    North Carolina has convinced Fortune 500 packaging company Sealed Air Corp. to move nearly 1,300 jobs to the Charlotte area by relocating its New Jersey headquarters and consolidating management operations from several...
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices