US President Barack Obama has announced to award the nation`s highest civilian honour posthumously to the first American female astronaut Dr Sally Ride for her contributions to the US space program and education system.
The United States lost three space pioneers in about five weeks from mid-July, but each one of them - Forrest McCartney, Sally Ride, and Neil Armstrong - did their country and humanity proud.
Sally Ride, the first US woman to go into space, has died after a 17-month battle against cancer.
A NASA spacecraft in orbit around the moon has sent back five dozen new images of the lunar surface including a view of the far side with Earth in the distance.
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