science vessels were a type of starship on active duty in Starfleet during the late 23rd century. (Gagarin-Class Research Vessel)The Gagarin-class
The Gagarin class is frequently confused for the larger Oberth-class starships that were its successors.
|USS Bluford - USS Bondarenko - USS Christa McAuliffe - USS Grissom - USS Leonov - USS McKay - USS Ride - USS Shepard - USS Tereshkova - USS Thagard|
The class was named after Yuri Gagarin, the first Terran in space and the first to orbit the Earth.