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First U.S. woman in space dies at 61

24/07/2012
Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.

Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Associated Press
WASHINGTON—Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, has died. She was 61.

NASA confirmed her death Monday afternoon and President Barack Obama called her a national hero.

Her office in San Diego said she died of pancreatic cancer.

Ride rode into space on the shuttle Challenger in 1983 when she was 32.

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