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RIP Dr. Sally Ride 1951-2012

NPR reports that the first US woman in space has died:

In 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. She blasted off aboard Challenger, culminating a long journey that started in 1977 when the Ph.D candidate answered an ad seeking astronauts for NASA missions.

Ride died today in La Jolla, Calif. after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, her company said on its website.

There is more information in the NASA announcement.

After leaving NASA and academia, Dr. Ride formed a company that primarily promoted science and technology as a career choice for girls and women.

July 23, 2012   9 Comments