20:24 GMT +324 June 2017

    First Female Astronaut Celebrates 80th Birthday

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    Today Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to conquer space, celebrates her 80th birthday.

    In June 1963 Tereshkova spent two days, 22 hours and 50 minutes in space, orbiting the Earth 48 times piloting the Vostok 6 spacecraft.

    Her flight occurred two years after Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space.    

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