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Second woman in space. The crew of the Soyuz T-12 mission seen before launch. Left to right are Vladimir Dzhanibekov (b.1942), Svetlana Savitskaya (b.1948), and Igor Volk (b.1937). Savitskaya was the second woman to go into space and the first to perform a spacewalk, or extra-vehicular activity (EVA). The mission was launched on 17 July 1984 and docked with the Salyut-7 orbiting space station. Savitskaya's EVA lasted 3.5 hours. Soyuz T-12 returned to Earth on 29 July 1984.
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