First American woman to go to space dies at 61

Sally Ride
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

Sally Ride with President Obama

"As the first American woman to travel into space, Sally was a national hero and a powerful role model," Obama said in a White House statement.

 "She inspired generations of young girls to reach for the stars, and later fought tirelessly to help them get there by advocating for a greater focus on science and math in our schools.

Sally, days before she made history (1983)
 Sally’s life showed us that there are no limits to what we can achieve, and I have no doubt that her legacy will endure for years to come." So many comments have come from leaders, colleagues and people round the world expressing deep grief and shock at her death.

Gender is not a determining factor for success and achievement, women should know that all they need is to believe it to achieve it.

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