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Posted by on Jun 16, 2013 in Science |

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first woman to travel into space

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first woman to travel into space

Today marks 50 years since the June 16, 1963, the day the Russian Valentina Tereshkova aboard Vostok 6 became the first to go into space and completed 48 orbits around the planet. The feat occurred two years after Yuri Gagarin’s journey, and about two decades before the Americans sent the first American into space, Sally Ride.

In order to join the Soviet Corps, Tereshkova must belong to the Soviet Air Force, and he was honorably initiated, which technically means also became the first civilian (or not belonging to any army) to get space, as the cosmonaut was a textile factory worker and amateur parachutist.

Tereshkova’s career was cut short from time to time after the death of Yuri Gagarin in 1968, because “I was not allowed back in the air again, even fly planes, since the repercussions of the death of Gagarin were so great that they wanted to keep me safe,he recalled recently in a press conference at the United Nations headquarters in Vienna, on the sidelines of a conference of the Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

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Link: The Remote Siberian Monument to the First Woman in Space, Who Launched 50 Years Ago Today (The Atlantic)

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