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Russia fetes 50th anniversary of first woman in space

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Posted June 17, 2013
Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, seen in Star City, outside Moscow, on June 7, 2013. Russia is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the maiden flight of the Soviet national hero who went by the call name "Seagull" and captured the imaginations of girls around the world.

Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, seen in Star City, outside Moscow, on June 7, 2013. Russia is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the maiden flight of the Soviet national hero who went by the call name “Seagull” and captured the imaginations of girls around the world.

Russia celebrated Sunday the 50th anniversary of the maiden flight of the first woman in space—a Soviet national hero who went by the call name “Seagull” and captured the imaginations of girls around the world.

Valentina Tereshkova, now a lawmaker for Russia’s ruling party, blasted off in a Vostok-6 spaceship two years after Yuri Gagarin’s historic first manned flight in 1961.

The 76-year-old remains the only women to have ever made a solo flight in space.

“The importance of this event is impossible to overestimate in the history of Russian and world space travel,” Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in a congratulatory message to Tereshkova.

Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, poses before boarding the Vostok 6, at Baikonur cosmodrome, on June 16, 1963. Russia celebrates the 50th anniversary of the maiden flight of the Soviet national hero who went by the call name "Seagull" and captured the imaginations of girls around the world.

Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, poses before boarding the Vostok 6, at Baikonur cosmodrome, on June 16, 1963. Russia celebrates the 50th anniversary of the maiden flight of the Soviet national hero who went by the call name “Seagull” and captured the imaginations of girls around the world.

State television celebrated by running documentaries about Tereshkova’s life while the former cosmonaut herself spent the day commemorating a new space museum in her native region of Yaroslavl.

“You have to love your country—love it so hard that your heart is ready to stop,” Tereshkova said in a documentary aired on Russia’s state rolling news channel.

Soviet authorities in April 1962 had initially whittled down their list to five prospective candidates as they competed against the United States for space supremacy during the Cold War.

Read more at: Phys.org

 

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