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First woman in space, Sally Ride, dead at 61

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It was in 1983 when Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.  Monday, this first woman lost her 17 month battle with pancreatic cancer.  Ride was 61.

In 1983 and 1984 she was sent into space as a mission specialist on the space shuttle Challenger.