First U.S. woman in space dies

Published 8:05 pm Monday, July 23, 2012

Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, died Monday. She was 61.

NASA confirmed her death and President Barack Obama called her a national hero.

She died of pancreatic cancer, according to her San Diego office.

When Ride was 32, she rode into space on the shuttle Challenger in 1983.