First US woman in space;
Born: May 26, 1951; Died: July 23, 2012.
Sally Ride, who has died aged 61 of pancreatic cancer, blazed a trail as the first American woman in space.
She was an astronaut on the space shuttle Challenger in 1983 when she was 32. After her flight, more than 42 other American women flew in space.
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