Pioneer Bravely Fought Cancer

The accomplished pioneer loses a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

BY Neal Broverman

July 23 2012 5:58 PM ET

NASA astronaut Robert Crippen (center, first row), the Space Shuttle Challenger crew commander, poses in January 1983 in Johnson Space Center, Houston, with his crew members, astronauts Frederick Hauck (right), Shuttle pilot, Sally Ride (left), and John Fabian and Norman Thagard, mission specialists.

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