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Valentina Tereshkova

Post  msistarted on Sun Jan 16, 2011 12:25 am

Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova (Russian: Валенти́на Влади́мировна Терешко́ва) (born 6 March 1937) was the first woman in space, now a retired Soviet cosmonaut. Out of more than four hundred applicants and then out of five finalists, she was selected to pilot Vostok 6 on 16 June 1963 and become the first woman to fly in space. This also made her the first civilian in space[1] (she was only honorarily inducted into the USSR's Air Force as a condition on joining the Cosmonaut Corps). On this mission, lasting almost three days in space, she performed various tests on herself to collect data on the female body's reaction to spaceflight.

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