NASA: Sally Ride, America's first female astronaut, has died

July 23, 2012

The Associated Press

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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.