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Published: Monday, 7/23/2012

Sally Ride, first U.S. woman in space, dies

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Astronaut Dr. Sally Ride talks in 2010 about her experiences in space. Astronaut Dr. Sally Ride talks in 2010 about her experiences in space.
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Sally Ride, the first U.S. woman to travel into space, died on Monday after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, according to her organization, Sally Ride Science, in San Diego. She was 61.

Ride, a physicist, blasted off in the U.S. space shuttle “Challenger” on June 18, 1983.

“Sally’s historic flight into space captured the nation’s imagination and made her a household name,” Sally Ride Science said in a statement.



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