Magazine article Oceanus

WHOI'S New Ship: Neil Armstrong

Magazine article Oceanus

WHOI'S New Ship: Neil Armstrong

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The nation's newest research vessel will be named the R/V Neil Armstrong, after the renowned astronaut and first person to set foot on the moon. The ship will be operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).

"We are honored," said WHOI President and Director Susan Avery. "Neil Armstrong is an American hero, whose 'small step' provided humanity with a new perspective on our planet. When he stood on the moon and looked back at the Earth, he saw mostly ocean--the last unexplored frontier on Earth.

The R/V Neil Armstrong will carry on its namesake's legacy of exploration, enabling the next generation of oceanographic science and discovery."

R/V Neil Armstrong is the first oceanographic research vessel named for a space explorer, but the link between space and ocean exploration is not new. Each of NASA's space shuttles was named for a famous oceanographic vessel: Challenger, Columbia, Endeavor, Discovery, and Atlantis, whose namesake was built by WHOI in 1930 to be the first U.S. ship created for ocean research.

In May 2010, the Office of Naval Research selected WHOI to operate one of two new research vessels to be built by the U. …

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