First American Woman In Space, Sally Ride Dies At 61
5:15 pm, July 23rd | by Laura Donovan
A Monday press release reports that the science writer and CEO of Sally Ride Science “died peacefully” and is survived by her mother, sister, niece, nephew, staffers, friends, and partner of nearly 30 years, Tam O’Shaughnessy. The former astronaut was part of the Space Shuttle 7 crew in 1983, making her the first American female to go into outer space. In addition to changing the realm of space travel for women, she added several “Sesame Street” appearances to her resume as well. She was 61. We lost a well-rounded woman today.