Posted: Jul 23, 2012 4:39 PM by Tonya LaCoste/AP
Updated: Jul 23, 2012 4:41 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - NASA: Sally Ride, America's first female astronaut, has died.
According to Ride's company website, Ride lost her 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. "Sally lived her life to the fullest, with boundless energy, curiosity, intelligence, passion, joy, and love. Her integrity was absolute; her spirit was immeasurable; her approach to life was fearless," the website states.
Ride became a household name and an inspiration to women. "After retiring from NASA, Sally used her high profile to champion a cause she believed in passionately-inspiring young people, especially girls, to stick with their interest in science, to become scientifically literate, and to consider pursuing careers in science and engineering," according to her company website. For more information from the website click here.