By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A stretch of the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley will be renamed in honor of Encino native Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.

A portion of the freeway in Encino will be designated as the Dr. Sally Ride Memorial Highway after a resolution was passed Tuesday by the state legislature.

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“As the first American woman in space, Dr. Sally Ride made history when she shattered the highest glass ceiling,” said Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel, D-Encino, who authored the resolution. “A proud Valley native, her legacy continues to inspire young people to reach for the stars, and I am immensely proud to help rename a portion of Highway 101 in Encino in her memory.”

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Ride remains the youngest American astronaut to have traveled to space, having done so at the age of 32.

She died of cancer in 2012 at the age of 61.

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