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  30 years ago: Sally Ride’s journey into space

From the Archives: Sally Ride becomes first American woman in space

  On June 18, 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space as she and four colleagues blasted off from Kennedy Space Center aboard the space shuttle Challenger for a 147-hour mission.  NBC’s Robert Bazell Reports from Cape Canaveral, Fl.

Houston, Armstrong: Remembering those who died in 2012

  From astronauts Neil Armstrong and Sally Ride to singers Donna Summer and Whitney Houston, take a look back at some of the notable people who passed away in 2012.

First American woman astronaut passes away

  NBC’s Andrea Mitchell remembers Sally Ride, who died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 61.

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  Tributes pour in for first US woman in space

Sally Ride, the first US woman in space, captured the nation's imagination with her historic journey into space. NBC’s Rehema Ellis looks back at the intrepid astronaut’s life and legacy after she lost her battle with pancreatic cancer.

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NASA astronaut Sally Ride, poses, in Jun
NASA astronaut Sally Ride, poses, in Jun

NASA astronaut Sally Ride, poses, in June 1983 in Johnson Space Center, Houston. Sally Ride became the first American woman in space as a crewmember on Space Shuttle Challenger for STS-7 mission, 18 June 1983. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

NASA handout of astronaut Sally Ride
NASA handout of astronaut Sally Ride

Astronaut Sally Ride sits in the aft flight deck mission specialist's seat during de-orbit preparations in this NASA handout photo released June 18, 2013. On June 18, 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space when the space shuttle Challenger launched on mission STS-7. As one

Ride and O'Shaughnessy
Ride and O'Shaughnessy

Former astronaut Sally Ride, left, and her partner, Tam O'Shaughnessy, discuss the role of women in science and how the earth's climate is changing during a 2008 American Library Association conference in Anaheim, Calif. Ride and O'Shaughnessy collaborated on several children's books on science.

  Astronaut Sally Ride

See images from the life and career of astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space.