(Submitted January 27, 1998)
Do you have any knowledge about Valentina Tereshkova?
Valentina Vladimirovna Nikolayeva Tereshkova was the first woman to
travel in space in Vostok 6. Born in western Russia on March 6, 1937,
she worked in
a textile mill at age 18. Interested in parachuting as a hobby, she also
trained as an airline pilot. She was not just the first woman to travel
in space, but the first space traveler who hadn't been a test pilot, though
her parachuting and piloting experience certainly qualified her for space
work. Her Vostok 6 mission orbited the earth from June 16 through June
You can see a picture of Tereshkova at the site:
For additional details, see the site:
Jeff Silvis, Heather Muise, and Sandy Antunes
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