Sally Ride (1951-2012)... The physicist became the first American woman to fly into space when she launched into Earth orbit aboard the shuttle Challenger in 1983, on mission STS-7. She again soared into the skies aboard Challenger a year later, on STS-41-G. I remember attending a presentation given by Ms. Ride in San Diego back in 1993...when I was in 7th grade. At the age of 61, she sadly passed away today due to pancreatic cancer. May Ride rest in peace.