Sally Ride was perhaps best known as the first American woman in space, but that was only one of her accomplishments.
Ride was the only person who served on investigative commissions for the Space Shuttle Challenger and Space Shuttle Columbia accidents, according to NASA. She was also an advocate for improving science education and founded Sally Ride Science. The company's mission is to inspire more girls and young women to go into science, math and technology.
The White House issued a statement calling Ride a "national hero and a powerful role model."
She died Monday at 61 after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
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