The first American woman to go into space, Sally Ride, died Monday after a 17-month battle against pancreatic cancer, her company said.
Ride made history in 1983 as a crew member on the space shuttle Challenger, breaking the gender barrier for U.S. spaceflight. Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space in 1963, but it took another 20 years for NASA to follow suit.
Word of Ride's death came in an announcement from Sally Ride Science, the educational venture she founded after leaving NASA.
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Very sad news. I watched her go up from the big clock at launch central. That's as close as you can get to a launch as a civilian. I didn't breather from the time it lit off until it was out of site. I have a mission patch somewhere. My brother got us press passes. It was one of the best things I have witnessed in my life. RIP, Sally!
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