June 16, 1963: Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space.

When Valentina Tereshkova was twenty-four, the Soviet Union sent the first man into space - Yuri Gagarin - on the Vostok 1 spaceflight. In October of that same year, it was decided that the Soviet space program would also work towards putting a woman in space. The qualifications for female cosmonaut candidates were similar to the male requirements - mostly consisting of physical and ideological specifications. Because Vostok was completely automatic, no piloting experience was required, and, in 1962, Tereshkova was chosen as one of five candidates. Having only worked in the textile industry (and possessing some experience skydiving), she was not particularly qualified. 

After training extensively with the other candidates, Tereshkova was chosen to pilot Vostok 6 into space; at twenty-six, she was ten years younger than the youngest NASA astronaut. On June 16, 1963, she became the first woman (and first civilian) in space.

The American space program would not send a woman into space until twenty years later (almost to the exact date) on June 18, 1983. Interestingly enough, the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft (carrying China's first female astronaut) launched only hours ago.

  1. heynoncapt reblogged this from unhistorical
  2. lerdoo reblogged this from unhistorical
  3. mary2point5 reblogged this from unhistorical
  4. crawlingmist reblogged this from tvscripts
  5. pirateiain reblogged this from shitegeists
  6. shitegeists reblogged this from paulsimonon
  7. easybuttonaddict reblogged this from tvscripts
  8. theuniversalcure reblogged this from daughter-of-smoke-and-bone
  9. immendingmysocks reblogged this from daughter-of-smoke-and-bone
  10. sea-to-me reblogged this from venus3nvy
  11. malfoycats reblogged this from tvscripts
  12. mikaelvasara2 reblogged this from daughter-of-smoke-and-bone
  13. daughter-of-smoke-and-bone reblogged this from will-forget-by-tomorrow
  14. beardosaurusrex reblogged this from tvscripts
  15. venus3nvy reblogged this from paulsimonon
  16. paulsimonon reblogged this from tvscripts
  17. tvscripts reblogged this from rareandradiantmaiden
  18. rareandradiantmaiden reblogged this from kaitlin-kelly
  19. markedmalice reblogged this from allthewrongquestions
  20. banans13 reblogged this from kaitlin-kelly
  21. kaitlin-kelly reblogged this from ninasergeevna
  22. stuckinyourw0nderland reblogged this from allthewrongquestions
  23. hannibalgoldstarr reblogged this from allthewrongquestions
  24. allthewrongquestions reblogged this from ninasergeevna
  25. ninasergeevna reblogged this from unhistorical
  26. sleepymarmot reblogged this from unhistorical
  27. coelacanthsinouterspace reblogged this from unhistorical
  28. mrffahrenheit reblogged this from unhistorical