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Sally Ride, First American Woman in Space, Dies at 61

July 23, 2012


Sally Ride was the first American woman to fly to space.
Sally Ride was the first American woman to fly to space.

Sally Ride, the first American woman in space and an American physicist, has died at the age of 61 after battling pancreatic cancer.

Ride joined NASA in 1978, and in 1983 she took her historical trip to space.

At that time, she also became the youngest American to travel to space at age 32.

Ride had been battling pancreatic cancer for 17 months.

As her name trends on Twitter, here are some things people are saying about Ride:

Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi): "As the first woman in space, Sally Ride's life was marked by breaking barriers with courage and class. An inspiration for all #RIP #Legend"

Sarah Andersonş (@SarahJLA): "In 1984 I was born and Sally Ride went back to space. Thanks to her I never had to exist in a world where women couldn't be astronauts."

Bill Nyeş (@TheScienceGuy): "Very sorry to learn of astronaut Dr. Sally Ride's death. She changed the world, getting girls excited about science. She will be missed."

Lindsay Eyinkş (@leyink): "RIP Sally Ride: astronaut, physicist, professor, aunt, and inspiration to every girl with their heads looking to space."

NASA also had heart-felt words to say about Ride.

"The soft-spoken California physicist broke the gender barrier 29 years ago when she rode to orbit aboard space shuttle Challenger to become America's first woman in space."

To read more from NASA, click here.

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