Sally Ride, first American woman in space, dies at 61 after bout with cancer
(MCT) — SAN JOSE, Calif. — Former NASA astronaut Sally K. Ride, a Stanford-educated physicist who used her clout to inspire generations of future women scientists, died on Monday after a 17-month bout with cancer. She was 61.
“Sallymania” swept the nation in 1983 when Ride became the first American woman — and then-youngest American astronaut — to rocket into space, manipulating a 50-foot-long robot arm to retrieve a 3,200-pound satellite from aboard the Challenger space shuttle.
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