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Sally Ride , 1st American Woman in Space, Dies at 61

Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel in space, has died at 61.Ride had been fighting   pancreatic cancer   for 17 months and died peacefully, her company Sally Ride Science announced today (July 23). When she was 32,  Ride blasted off on the STS-7 mission  of the space shuttle challenger, breaking through the highest glass ceiling for U.S. women to date.  During her historic mission, which deployed two communications satellites, Ride also became the first woman to use the shuttle's robotic arm in space. "Michelle and I were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of   Sally Ride ," President Obama said in a statement. "As the first American woman to travel into space, Sally was a national hero and a powerful role model." [ Sally Ride: 1st American Woman in Space (Pictures) ]Ride is survived by Tam O'Shaughnessy, her partner of 27 years, who also serves as chief operating officer and executive vice president of Sally Ride Science, a science outreach company Ride founded in 2...

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