Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, died of pancreatic cancer Monday at her home in San Diego. She was 61. She was, at 32, the youngest American in space at the time
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Dr. Ride was a physicist who, in 1978, was accepted into the space program after she answered a newspaper ad for astronauts! She was finishing her studies at Stanford University was looking for a job when she saw NASA’s advertisement. She told The New York Times in 1982 that she took one look at the qualifications and said, “I’m one of those people,”
She applied, and made the cut. Amazing! She flew on the shuttle Challenger in 1983, and on a second mission in 1984.
In 1982, Ride married a fellow astronaut, Steven Hawley, but divorced in 1987. Dr. Ride is survived by her partner of 27 years, Tam O’Shaughnessy; her mother, Joyce; and her sister, Ms. Scott, who is known as Bear.
Rest in peace.