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  • Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, dies at age 61add to reading list  

    Posted on July 23, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Updated Tuesday, Jul 24 at 12:01 AM

    Sally Ride, the soft-spoken California physicist who broke the gender barrier 29 years ago when she became the first American woman in space when she rode into orbit aboard the shuttle Challenger, died Monday at age 61.

    By Associated Press

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