Died the first American female astronaut

Died the first American female astronautIn the US at the age of 61 years died Sally Kristen Ride was the first American female astronaut.She departed this life on Monday, July 23, at San Diego (California), reports ITAR-TASS with reference to the official representatives of NASA.Last year a woman was struggling with pancreatic cancer, reports RIA Novosti with reference to the channel ABC.U.S. President Barack Obama called Ryde a national heroine and role model. "Michelle and I were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Sally Ride. The first American female astronaut, Sally was a national hero and an important example to follow. She inspired several generations of young girls on the pursuit of stars and subsequently tirelessly tried to help them, getting more attention in schools for natural Sciences and mathematics. Life Sally shows that our capabilities are limitless and I have no doubt that her legacy will continue to live. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Sally and her friends," reads the statement of the President.The first time the Ride went into orbit in 1983 in the expedition of the Challenger STS-7, becoming the third woman in history, who had been outside the earth's atmosphere.Before her into space flew Soviet cosmonauts Valentina Tereshkova (1963) and Svetlana Savitskaya (1982).She was also the youngest American astronaut in history.His second flight of Sally Ride made in 1984, also on Board the Challenger.Ryde has completed a program of preparation for the third flight, when on January 28, 1986 was a disaster of space Shuttle Challenger. Then the Ride was appointed to the presidential Commission investigating the cause of the crash of a spaceship.In total she spent in space more than 343 hours. After a career astronaut Ride for some time he worked in the headquarters of NASA in Washington. In addition, it is known as the author of a series of books about space for kids. Source: Died the first American female astronaut.

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