Valentina Tereshkova

6 Mar

Today was the 75th birthday of cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, who, on June 16, 1963, became the first woman in space. After a gap of nearly 20 years, the second woman in space was Svetlana Savitskaya, in 1982, followed by the first American woman in space, Sally Ride, in 1983. This is a fairly decent article about Tereshkova’s journey and current life (though be warned of loud ads).

Valentina Tereshkova

She also had space hair, but to be fair I think everyone did in the 1960s.

Tereshkova’s call sign on Vostok 6 was “Chaika,” or “Seagull,” incidentally the name of my second-favorite Chekhov play. Happy birthday to a brave woman, and here’s hoping both of us live to see man land on Mars.

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3 Responses to “Valentina Tereshkova”

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    i did not know you loved chekhov. Next year in Moscow, everything will be ok or in a few years on Mars. love you Sar. gram
    ps is it ok for grams to write strange loving comments.

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