|After a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, Sally Ride, the first U.S. female astronaut passed away on July 23, 2012 in San Diego, California, at the age of 61. |
Sally Ride, who joined U.S. space agency NASA in 1978, became in 1983 the first American woman in space as a crew member on Space Shuttle Challenger. She was also the youngest American space traveler at the time. One of her
hobby was stamp collecting.