16.06.2007 - 70 years from the first time a woman got into space
June 16, 2007 11:45am CST
Valentina Tereshkova, Astronaut * Born: 6 March 1937 * Birthplace: Maslennikovo, Russia * Best Known As: The first woman in space Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was launched into space aboard the Vostok 6 on 16 June 1963, becoming the first woman to visit outer space. She spent three days aloft before returning safely to earth. The flight made Tereshkova a national hero and she was awarded the high honor of the Order of Lenin. Her flight was considered a scientific coup for the Soviet Union, which also had the first man (Yuri Gagarin) and the first dog (Laika) in space. Before her flight Tereshkova had been an avid amateur skydiver, which led to her selection for the cosmonaut corps. Tereshkova married fellow cosmonaut Andrian Nikolayev in 1963; they had one daughter together but later separated.