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This NASA handout shows astronaut Sally Ride at Johnson Space Center in Houston. Ride, the first U.S. woman to fly in space, died on July 23, 2012, after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, her foundation announced. She was 61. Ride first launched into space in 1983, on the seventh U.S. space shuttle mission. (June 1983)(Credit: Getty Images)

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Sally Ride through the years

Sally Ride, the first and youngest American woman to travel to space, died July 23, 2012, after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 61.