Sally Ride, America’s first female astronaut, dies at 61

23 July 2012


This NASA file photo dated June 1983 shows America’s first woman astronaut Sally Ride, as she communicates with ground controllers from the flight deck during the six-day space mission of the Challenger. (NASA/AFP/GettyImages) Click on the image to enlarge.


WASHINGTON — Sally Ride, who blazed trails into orbit as the first American woman in space, died Monday of pancreatic cancer. She was 61…

Update: In London this morning, The Telegraph offers this obituary.

Update 2:  Former astronaut Sally Ride chose privacy over gay causes

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