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The politician and the cosmonauts: (left to right) Khrushchev, Valentina Tereshkova, Adrian Nikolayev & Yuri Gagarin in Red Square, Moscow. Gagarin made the first manned spaceflight in the Vostok 1 spacecraft on April 12, 1961. Nikolayev was the third man in space in Vostok 3 on August 11, 1962. Tereshkova became the first woman in space in Vostok 6 on June 16, 1963.
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