OBITUARIES
California Lives: Every Thursday, read an obituary of a notable Californian from the archives
LOCAL OBITUARIES

Sally Ride

The Los Angeles native, who held a doctorate in astrophysics from Stanford University, was the first American woman in space. At age 31, she was the youngest American sent into space and the first woman to make two trips into orbit. She also was the sole astronaut appointed to the Rogers Commission to investigate the 1986 explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. She was 61. Full obituary Notable deaths of 2012 Associated Press
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