Valentina Tereshkova, female cosmonaut

Valentina Tereshkova, female cosmonaut

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Caption: Valentina Tereshkova (1937- ), first woman in space. Tereshkova is training in apparatus used to assess the ability of cosmonauts to work whilst disoriented. Sent into space by the Soviets largely as a means of having women cosmonauts before the USA, Tereshkova was selected personally for the mission by Soviet leader Kruschev. She was chosen because of her experience in founding a parachuting society at the cotton mill where she worked and, after two years of training, was sent on the 1963 Vostok 6 mission, which briefly passed Vostok 5 in orbit. She later married another cosmonaut, but split with her husband soon after having a child; leading to speculation that they married for propaganda purposes.

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