The First Woman in Space

Jun 15, 2017

Russian Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova (b. 1937) pictured at a 2015 event.
Credit A.Savin / Wikipedia Commons

On this episode of Our Island Universe: We celebrate Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space.  In 1963, on June 16th, over the span of three days, she orbited the earth 48 times.

Valentina Tereshkova, pilot-cosmonaut, first female cosmonaut, Hero of the USSR. Pictured as a Major of the Soviet Air Forces.
Credit RIA Novosti / Wikipedia Commons

Read more about the life and accomplishments of Valentina Tereshkova.

Shanil Virani, Director of the John C. Wells Planetarium, Harrisonburg, VA.

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