50 Year Anniversary Of First Woman In Space

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Victoria Loguinova-Yakovleva’s article in The China Post marks the 50 year anniversary of Valentina Terehkova’s historic flight:

On June 16, 1963, Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to fly into space…She remains the only woman ever to have made a solo space flight.
In April 1962, officials narrowed down the candidates for the flight to five. In a top-secret process, they picked two engineers, one school teacher, one typist and one factory worker who had performed 90 parachute jumps: this was Tereshkova.
After seven months of intensive training, they chose Tereshkova, who grew up in a peasant family and was a Communist Youth (Komsomol) leader at her textile factory in the historic city of Yaroslavl, around 280 kilometers (174 miles) from Moscow.
During her three-day mission, Tereshkova circled Earth 48 times. On the first day, she communicated with Bykovsky and even sang him songs. Their communication was then interrupted as…

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