Things We Saw Today: On This Day Fifty-Five Years Ago, Valentina Tereshkova Became the First Woman in Space
Looking back on the world's first female astronaut.
On June 16, 1963, Soviet Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman ever to travel into space, piloting the Vostok 6 capsule for 48 orbits and 71 hours before her descent. By the time she got back to Earth, she had spent more time in space than all U.S. astronauts combined up til then. Tereshkova’s story is a remarkable one: raised in the small village of Maslennikovo, Tereshkova’s love of skydiving quickly garnered the attention of the Soviet Space Program. She was recruited by Nikolai Kamanin, the head of the cosmonaut program, where she beat out 400 applicants and 5 finalists to be the first woman in orbit. America would finally catch up twenty years later when Sally Ride joined the Challenger crew for STS-7.
55 years ago today, Russian astronaut Valentina Tereshkova became the world's first woman in space. Anthropologist Margaret Mead on why the U.S. was 20 years behind: https://t.co/5QDzibdcU1 pic.twitter.com/LiQYcoG6hx
— Maria Popova (@brainpicker) June 16, 2018
(via History, image: Leon Neal/Getty Images)
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