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First US woman in space dies at 61

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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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, the AP reports from Washington. 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.

Sally Ride was preceded to orbit by Soviet women cosmonauts Valentina Tereshkova in 1963 and Svetlana Savitskaya in 1982.

AP.

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