Valentina Tereshkova


Today is the 50th anniversary of the launch of Vostok 6 and the first woman in space: Soviet Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova.

Tereschkova orbited the Earth 48 times over almost three days and she logged more flight time than the combined flight times of all American astronauts before that date. It is doubtful if the time in space was in part a bit of intended one-upmanship, however there can be no question she certainly did her part in developing a very robust space program.

Her call sign for the flight was Chaika, which translates to Seagull and was later given the honor of having an asteroid named 1671 Chaika


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