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Sally Ride, first US woman in space, dies at 61

Published 07/23/2012, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Space used to be a man's world. Then came Sally Ride, who blazed a cosmic trail into orbit for U.S. women. With a pitch perfect name out of a pop song refrain, she joined the select club of American space heroes the public knew by heart: Shepard, Glenn, Armstrong and Aldrin.

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