Valentina Vladimirovna Nikolayeva Tereshkova

Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova (Russian: Валентина Владимировна Терешкова, IPA: [vɐlʲɪnʲˈtʲinə vlɐˈdʲimʲɪrəvnə tʲɪrʲɪʂˈkovə] (About this soundlisten); born 6 March 1937) is a member of the Russian State Duma, engineer, and former cosmonaut. She is the first and youngest woman to have flown in space with a solo mission on the Vostok 6 on 16 June 1963. She orbited the Earth 48 times, spent almost three days in space, and remains the only woman to have been on a solo space mission.

Before her selection for the Soviet space program, Tereshkova was a textile factory worker and an amateur skydiver. She joined the Air Force as part of the Cosmonaut Corps and was commissioned as an officer after completing her training. After the dissolution of the first group of female cosmonauts in 1969, Tereshkova remained in the space program as a cosmonaut instructor. She later graduated from the Zhukovsky Air Force Engineering Academy and re-qualified for spaceflight but never went to space again. She retired from the Air Force in 1997 having attained the rank of major general.

More info at: Valentina Tereshkova – Wikipedia

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Name(s):
      Valentina Vladimirovna Nikolayeva Tereshkova
Occupation:
     
Birth:
      6 March 1937
      Bolshoye Maslennikovo, Tutayevsky District, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality:
      Russian
Political party:
      Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1960–1991)
      Our Home – Russia (1995)
      Russian Party of Life (2003)
     United Russia (2008 – present)
Occupation:
      Pilot, Soviet Cosmonaut, Politician
Time in space:
      2 days, 22 hours, and 50 mins
Missions:
      Vostok 6

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