Death of Sally Ride

May 26, 1951 - July 23, 2012
Washington, District Of Columbia | Age 61

First US woman in space dies at 61
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SETH BORENSTEIN, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sally Ride, who blazed trails into orbit as the first American woman in space, died Monday of pancreatic cancer. She was 61.

Ride died at her home in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla, said Terry McEntee, a spokeswoman for her company, Sally Ride Science. She was a private person and the details of her illness were kept to just a few people, she said.

Ride flew into space on the space shuttle Challenger on June...

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