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First Woman in Space: Russian Valentina Tereshkova

6. October 2009 by Kari 0 Comments

Contrary to what some may think, Sally Ride was not the first woman in space. Although she was the first American woman in space, Russian citizen Valentina Tereshkova was the real first woman to pioneer the galaxy! Born in March 6, 1937, Tereshkova took off for space in 1963 on the Vostok 6, where she spent three days there orbiting the earth several times.

Although Tereshkova’s main profession was that of a textile worker, being an excellent parachute jumper led the way to this fantastic opportunity. Even more exciting, Tereshkova was chosen from more than 400 people who applied in hopes of being granted this prestigious honor.

In order to go into space, Tereshkova had to train hard. Her training included weightless flights, centrifuge tests, isolation tests, spacecraft engineering, rocket theory, and pilot training in an MIG-15UTI jet fighter. All in addition to having to do 120 more parachute jumps before leaving.

Dissolved of duties in 1969, Tereshkova went into politics. Today, she is still considered one of Russia’s great heroes among both Russian women and men. Now 72 years old, she is anxious to fly to Mars, even if the rocket is not set to return!