Thirty years ago, astronaut Sally Ride became the United States' first woman in space when she and four others blasted off aboard the space shuttle Challenger.

Ride led the way for other women, including Anne McClain, 34, a U.S. Army major from Spokane who was named one of NASA's eight newest astronaut trainees on Monday.

Ride remains the youngest American to ever go into space. She was 32 on her first space flight.

Ride died at the age of 61 last summer.

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