Saturday, June 17, 2006
She went where only one man had ever been before and he was Russian too! Valentina Tereshkova became the first women to go into space on June 16th in1963. She blasted off in a Vostok 6 spacecraft and made 48 orbit of Earth, spending three days in space.
Valentina was trained in parachute jumping and this was the main reason she was chosen form among more than 400 applicants for the mission. After her return form space, she married another cosmonaut. Andrian Nikolayev. Their daughter Elena interested scientists as the first child born to parents who were both space travelers. It was only 19 year later in 1982 that a second woman was sent into space. She was another Russian. Svetiana Savytskaya.