Valentina Tereshkova

Valentina Tereshkova

Status: Retired
3/6/1937 –
Nationality: Russian
Type: Government
Agency: Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS)

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.

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