Americas first female Astronaut has died of Pancreatic cancer at the age of 61. She went up in space at the age of 32, the youngest astronaut at the time. Although she was the first female American, she wasn the first female in space. The first female to go up in space was Valentina Tereshova who went up twenty years before Sally did. Women were held back because of fears of what space travel could do a woman and any political fallout should she die. There was more political damage not letting a woman in space than letting one.
On the 18th of June 1983, she took off into space with her colleague on Challenger flight STS-7 and was in space for just over six days. After being selected for the mission, she was asked if she wept if things went wrong. In total, she spent just over 14 days in space carrying out missions objectives and tasks.