Expedition at Sea: R/V Sally Ride Gallery

Get Closer to Cutting Edge Research

This, the newest exhibit at Birch Aquarium, was created to welcome R/V Sally Ride into the research fleet at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Combining science, art, and technology — along with hands-on learning for young aquarium guests — Expedition at Sea provides a new lens through which visitors of all ages can connect with the global research activities of Scripps Oceanography scientists.

Through the gallery, guests experience the sights and sounds of life and work aboard a research vessel at sea by taking a virtual tour of R/V Sally Ride; exploring seafloor mapping through augmented reality; immersing themselves in a 33-foot-long projected triptych showcasing images from R/V Sally Ride; and discovering specimens retrieved from the depths of the ocean during Scripps Oceanography’s 100-plus years of exploration.

Young learners can dress like ocean-going scientists, listen to stories from the ship’s crew, touch deep-ocean artifacts; and sort plankton (like the scientists are doing onboard R/V Sally Ride).

Expedition at Sea: R/V Sally Ride Gallery

R/V Sally Ride arrives in San Diego

Did you know? 


  • R/V Sally Ride, which is owned by the U.S. Navy and operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is designed to conduct cutting edge research to help scientists understand and protect the planet. 
  • Who is Sally Ride? R/V Sally Ride is named after famed astronaut and UC San Diego professor, Sally Ride. She was the youngest american woman in space and spent her career championing the sciences.
  • R/V Sally Ride continues a Scripps Institution of Oceanography legacy of oceangoing scientific research that goes back more than a century. 


The tradition of seagoing science at Scripps Institution of Oceanography



Looking for even more Sally Ride science? Check out the SIO Games R/V Sally Ride Virtual Reality Tour! 

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