Sally Ride, first US female astronaut dies at 61text_fields
Washington: Sally Ride, the first US woman to go into space, has died after a 17-month battle against cancer. She was 61.
Ride joined NASA in 1978 and in 1983 she became the first American woman in space as a crew member on Space Shuttle Challenger for STS-7. At 32 years old, she was also the youngest American space traveler at the time.