Sally Ride, first U.S. spacewoman, pushed frontiers
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Sally Ride loved everything about space. What she didn't like was being the first American woman to experience it.
It took years – if not decades – for her to get comfortable with her galactic status.
What drew her out was her San Diego-based education company, Sally Ride Science, which promotes science and math careers for girls and young women. She was determined to give back and she did, a thousand times over before her death of pancreatic cancer on Monday at age 61.
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