Astronaut Sally Ride

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

NASA astronaut Sally K. Ride, in January 1983 at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, prior to flying aboard Space Shuttle Challenger. Ride, the first US woman to fly in space, died on July 23 after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, her foundation announced. She was 61. Ride first launched into space in 1983, on the seventh US space shuttle mission.

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NASA astronaut Sally Ride June 1983 next to an airplane.

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Sally Ride and fellow members of STS-7. Bottom row, next to Ride: Crew commander Robert Crippen, pilot Frederick Hauck. Back row: Mission specialists John Fabian and Norman Thagard.

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Astronaut Sally Ride inspects an array of tools while in orbit aboard Challenger. The circular object is a Monodisperse Latex Reactor.

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Astronaut Sally Ride takes a photograph from aboard Challenger.

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Astronaut Sally Ride, mission specialist on STS-7, monitors control panels from the pilot's chair on the Flight Deck of the Space Shuttle Challenger in this NASA handout photo dated June 25, 1983. Floating in front of her is a flight procedures notebook. Ride died July 23, 2012 after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

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US President Barack Obama greets former astronaut Sally Ride in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House in Washington.

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