The site where twin NASA spacecraft impacted the moon on Monday has been named in honor of the late Sally Ride.

Ebb and Flow, the two spacecraft comprising NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, were commanded to descend into low orbit and impact on a mountain near the moon's north pole. Ebb and Flow, which were launched in September 2011 to orbit the moon, were running out of fuel to continue their scientific missions.

“Sally was all about getting the job done, whether it be in exploring space, inspiring the next generation, or helping make the GRAIL mission the resounding success it is today,” GRAIL principal investigator Maria Zuber of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge said in a statement. “As we complete our lunar mission, we are proud we can honor Sally Ride's contributions by naming this corner of the moon after her.”

“Sally Ride worked tirelessly throughout her life to remind all of us, especially girls, to keep questioning and learning,” said Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski. “Today her passion for making students part of NASA's science is honored by naming the impact site for her.”

Ride, the first American woman in space, passed away in July at the age of 61 after losing a prolonged 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She also held the distinction of being the youngest American in space and the first lesbian, though she never spoke about her private life in public.

Among those listed as survivors in Ride's obituary was Tam O'Shaughnessy, who became romantically involved with Ride in 1985, just two years after she made history as the first American female in space aboard the NASA space shuttle Challenger.

Last month, Ride was inducted into the GLBT Hall of Fame in Chicago.