Valentina Tereshkova

Valentina Tereshkova

  • 3/6/1937
  • Russian - Retired
  • Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS)
  • Wiki

Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova (born 6 March 1937) is a retired Russian cosmonaut, engineer, and politician. She is the first woman to have flown in space, having been selected from more than 400 applicants and five finalists to pilot Vostok 6 on 16 June 1963. In order to join the Cosmonaut Corps, Tereshkova was honorarily inducted into the Soviet Air Force and thus she also became the first civilian to fly in space.