Image description: On Saturday, the Navy christened a new research ship the “Sally Ride” after the first U.S. woman and youngest person in space. It is the fifth current ship named for an astronaut.
Photo from the U.S. Navy
the person doing the christening is dr. tam o’shaughnessy, ride’s partner of 27 yrs. sally ride was not just the first woman and youngest person in space: she was also the first lesbian in space - likely, the first lgbtq person in space.
I know we shared this before but finding out that this ship was christened by Dr. Tam O’Shaughnessy was something that required re-sharing.
Just a minor note that Sally Ride was not the first woman in space or the youngest person in space- Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman and first civilian to fly in space when she went up in 1963 for the Soviet space program. Tereshkova was also younger than Ride when she went up, though cosmonaut Gherman Titov, who was only the fourth person to reach space, still holds the record for youngest person in space. Sally Ride holds the claim for the first American woman and youngest American to enter space.