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Sally Ride, first U.S. woman in space, dies at 61

Posted: July 23, 2012 2:25 p.m.
Updated: July 23, 2012 2:25 p.m.

This undated photo released by NASA shows astronaut Sally Ride.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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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