Sally Ride, First American Woman in Space, passes away

Astronaut Sally Ride died today, July 23, 2012, at 61, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. In 1983, she became the first American woman and the youngest American, to travel to space.  Image credit: National Archives

Our condolences go out to her family and friends.

“Sally Ride broke barriers with grace and professionalism – and literally changed the face of America’s space program. The nation has lost one of its finest leaders, teachers and explorers. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sally’s family and the many she inspired. She will be missed, but her star will always shine brightly.”

– Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator