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FILE - This undated photo released by NASA shows astronaut Sally Ride. Ride, the first American woman in space, died Monday, July 23, 2012 after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 61. (AP Photo/NASA, File)

FILE - This undated photo released by NASA shows astronaut Sally Ride. Ride, the first American woman in space, died Monday, July 23, 2012 after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 61. (AP Photo/NASA, File)

Astronaut Sally Ride dies at 61

In 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. Ride died July 23 in La Jolla, Calif. after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 61.