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    • Legendary Soviet Cosmonaut Who Became First Woman in Space
    • Legendary Soviet Cosmonaut Who Became First Woman in Space
    • Legendary Soviet Cosmonaut Who Became First Woman in Space
    • Legendary Soviet Cosmonaut Who Became First Woman in Space
    • Legendary Soviet Cosmonaut Who Became First Woman in Space
    • Legendary Soviet Cosmonaut Who Became First Woman in Space
    • Legendary Soviet Cosmonaut Who Became First Woman in Space
    • Legendary Soviet Cosmonaut Who Became First Woman in Space
    • Legendary Soviet Cosmonaut Who Became First Woman in Space
    • Legendary Soviet Cosmonaut Who Became First Woman in Space
    • Legendary Soviet Cosmonaut Who Became First Woman in Space
    • Legendary Soviet Cosmonaut Who Became First Woman in Space
    • Legendary Soviet Cosmonaut Who Became First Woman in Space
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    Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova shortly before her spaceflight with the chief designer of the world's first space-going rockets Sergei Korolev.

    After Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space in 1961, Tereshkova volunteered for the Soviet space program. Although she did not have any experience as a pilot, she was accepted into the program because of her 126 parachute jumps. At the time, cosmonauts had to parachute from their capsules seconds before they hit the ground on returning to Earth.

    After Yuri Gagarin had become the first man in space in 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova repeated her counterpart's success and traveled into space in 1963, becoming the first female astronaut to see the stars up close.

    On March 6, Valentina Tereshkova, as lively and gorgeous as ever, celebrates her 80th birthday.

    54 years ago, Tereshkova made history becoming the first woman ever to fly in space, when she launched aboard the Vostok-6 capsule on June 16, 1963, spending three days in orbit and circling the Earth 48 times.

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