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Sally Ride, first US woman in space, dies at 61
Sally Ride, first American woman to fly in space, dies of cancer at age 61
By The Associated Press

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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