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Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova trying on her spacesuit. Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova (born 1937) became the first woman in space on 16 June 1963 when she flew solo in the Vostok 6 spacecraft. She spent almost three days in orbit, circling the Earth 48 times. Tereshkova was one of several female parachutists selected for the mission. They were trained separately from the male cosmonauts, and it was 19 years before another woman went into space. After her flight, Tereshkova trained as an engineer, and later became a politician. Her flight made her famous in the USSR and around the world. Photographed at the Cosmonaut Training Centre, Star City, Russia, in 1963.
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