Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, died on Monday after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. In 1983, Ride blasted into space aboard the Challenger, and instantly became a pathbreaking cultural icon. After her retirement from NASA, Ride continued to push for more female participation in the sciences, encouraging girls to become scientifically literate and to pursue careers in science and engineering. She was 61.
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