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RIP, Sally Ride, the First Woman in Space

Sally Ride, the first woman to ever travel into space, died today after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. A barrier-shattering physicist, she made her trip on the Space Shuttle when she was 32 years old—at the time, the youngest person to ever travel beyond earth's orbit. Later in life, she founded Sally Ride Science, an organization that encouraged children to study science and engineering ...

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Anonymous commented…

Let's be clear, no human has ever traveled "beyond Earth's orbit." Even the heroes that went to the moon were still within Earth's orbit.

She may have been the youngest person to escape Earth's gravity, but that is a slightly different, although related, field.

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Anonymous commented…

Sally Ride wasn't the first woman in space, she was the first American woman in space. There was a Soviet woman that went into space sometime in the 60's

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Anonymous commented…

What a spectacular and inspiring woman.

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