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Valentina Tereshkova

1st Woman in Space Valentina Tereshkova

Profession: 1st Woman in Space

Soviet Union

Biography: First woman in space, having been selected from more than four hundred applicants and five finalists to pilot Vostok 6 on the 16th June 1963.

Born: March 6, 1937
Birthplace: Maslennikovo, Soviet Union
Age: 85 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Pisces

Married Life

  • 1963-11-03 Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova (26) weds cosmonaut Andriyan Nikolayev (34) at the Moscow Wedding Palace

Historical Events

  • 1963-06-16 Soviet space mission Vostok 6 is launched with Valentina Tereshkova onboard, who becomes the 1st woman in space
  • 1963-06-19 Valentina Tereshkova 1st woman in space returns to Earth

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