Sally Ride, First American Woman In Space, Is Dead
In 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. She blasted off aboard Challenger, culminating a long journey that started in 1977 when the Ph.D candidate answered an ad seeking astronauts for NASA missions. Ride died today in La Jolla, Calif. after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, her company said on its website.
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