Last week, Russia
marked the 75th birthday of Russian space
pioneer Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space. In 1963, Tereshkova orbited the earth
48 times in three days, logging more flight time than all the previous American astronauts
combined, and becoming the first and only woman to travel solo in space. Before launching into space, Tereshkova exclaimed
, "Hey, sky, take your hat off!" The US space program would not send a woman into space for another 20 years, when Sally Ride flew as a crew member on the Space Shuttle Challenger.
Tereshkova later married another cosmonaut, held several of the highest offices in the Soviet Union, and is revered as a hero among women and Russians. Inspired by Ms. Tereshkova? You can go inside the Russian space program
this fall for a cool $14,000.
[Photo courtesy Martin Addison via Wikimedia Commons]
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