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Sally Ride dead at 61

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, died Monday after battle with pancreatic cancer. Ride is being remembered by so many recalling her launch into space and into American history.  NASA confirmed her death Monday afternoon.

Her office in San Diego said Ride died after a 17 month battle with cancer. Ride flew into space on the shuttle Challenger in 1983 when she was 32 years old. She was a mission specialist.

Her commander on that mission, Captain Robert Crippen, spoke with NewsChannel 5 on the phone from Kennedy Space Center. 

"Sally Ride broke through a lot of glass ceilings for a lot of women, especially in the United States," said Crippen. "I had the pleasure of being her commander as she proved that she could do anything any crew member could," he said.

In addition to her historic flight, Ride was known for inspiring generations of young people, especially girls, to pursue scientific careers. Many dignitaries offering their words after Ride's passing, including Florida U.S Senator Bill Nelson and President Barack Obama, both calling a ride a "great pioneer".

"She was a superb person to work with," said Crippen.  "We're certainly going to miss her."

Sally Ride was 61 years old.

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