Sally Ride, Trailblazing Astronaut, Dies at 61
Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, died on Monday at her home in San Diego. She was 61.
The cause was pancreatic cancer, her company, Sally Ride Science, announced on its Web site. Dr. Ride, a physicist,
flew on the shuttle Challenger on June 18, 1983, and on a second mission in 1984.
She was also, at 32, the youngest American in space.
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Sally Ride communicating with ground controllers during the six-day space mission of the Challenger in 1983.