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      Dr. Sally Ride Facts & Worksheets

      Sally Kristen Ride, an American physicist and astronaut, became the first American woman in space in 1983. Ride was born in Los Angeles, California, and joined NASA in 1978. Ride was considered the youngest American astronaut to have traveled to space by the age of 32. She left NASA in 1987. Ride died of pancreatic cancer on July 23, 2012, in La Jolla, California.