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Portrait of Valentina Tereshkova (b.1937), Russian cosmonaut and the first woman in space. Tereshkova flew on Vostock 6, launched on 16 June 1963. The flight lasted 70 hours and 50 minutes, making 48 orbits. Some reports claim that Tereshkova was substituted for another woman cosmonaut at the last moment.
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