Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, died at age 61 from Pancreatic cancer.
From The New York Times:
SALLY RIDE | 1951-2012: American Woman Who Shattered Space Ceiling
Dr. Ride was the first American woman in space, flying on two missions on the shuttle Challenger.
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