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Published July 23, 2012, 05:15 PM

Sally Ride, first US woman in space, dies at 61

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Space used to be a man's world. Then came Sally Ride, who blazed a cosmic trail for U.S. women into orbit. With a pitch perfect name out of a pop song refrain, she joined the select club of American space heroes the public knew by heart: Shepard, Glenn, Armstrong and Aldrin.

By: ALICIA CHANG,AP Science Writers SETH BORENSTEIN,AP Science Writers, Associated Press

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