“There are currently four women in space, more than there ever have been at one time. The four women posed for a group photo on board the International Space Station. They are clockwise from top left, Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Naoko Yamazaki, Stephanie Wilson and Tracy Caldwell.”
(via The Telegraph)
No, no, no Nasa, these women should be wearing bacofoil not chinos. Gah!
‘Meet hot young singles in your mom’s basement today’? Man, screw you, GeoIP.
Soviet postcard celebrating Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova (6 March 1937-), the first woman to travel in space.
“Valentina Tereshkova was chosen [by Yuri Gagarin and others in the Soviet Space Programme] to fly aboard Vostok 6, scheduled for a June 16, 1963 launch date. It is believed that her backup was Irina Solovyova. Tereshkova’s training included at least two long simulations on the ground, of 6 days and 12 days duration. On June 14, 1963 cosmonaut Valeriy Bykovsky launched on Vostok 5. Tereshkova and Vostok 6 launched two days later, flying with the call sign Chaika (Seagull). Flying two different orbits, Vostok 5 and 6 came briefly within roughly 5 km (3 mi) of each other, and the cosmonauts exchanged brief communications. Tereshkova followed the Vostok procedure of ejecting from the capsule some 6000 m (20,000 ft) above the ground and descending under a parachute. She landed near Karaganda, Kazakhstan, on June 19, 1963. Her flight lasted 48 orbits totaling 70 hours 50 minutes in space. She spent more time in orbit than all the U.S. Mercury astronauts combined.” *
On 3 November 1963 Tereshkova married cosmonaut Andriian Nikolayev, with whom she had a daughter, Elena, in 1964. Elena Andrianovna Nikolaeva-Tereshkova was the first person to have both a mother and father who had travelled in space.
At the celebrations for her 70th birthday Tereshkova declared that she dreamt of flying to Mars, even if it meant that she might not be coming back.
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