Science
4:43 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Astronaut Sally Ride Dies

Sally Ride – the first American woman in space – has passed away at the age of 61.

Ride rocketed into space aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1983. As NPR notes in its eulogy, Ride died in  La Jolla, California, following a 17-month fight with pancreatic cancer.

Ride sat down for an extended interview with Texas Monthly Talks in in 2010. You can watch the interview below. 

Watch Astronaut and Science Advocate Sally Ride on PBS. See more from Texas Monthly Talks.