Valentina Tereshkova

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Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova
1963 USSR postage stamp depicting Valentina Tereshkova
Born (1937-03-06) March 6, 1937 (age 87)
Space career
RankMajor General, Soviet Air Force
Time in space
2d 22h 50m
SelectionFemale Group
MissionsVostok 6

Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova (Russian: Валенти́на Влади́мировна Терешко́ва; born 6 March 1937), is a Soviet retired cosmonaut.

She was the first woman to fly in space,[1] aboard Vostok 6 (one of Vostok rocket) on 16 June 1963. She and four others were chosen out of more than 400 other women to fly in space.[2]

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In 2011, she was elected to the State Duma of Russia from the United Russia party on the Yaroslavl regional list. Tereshkova, together with Elena Mizulina, Irina Yarovaya and Andrey Skoch,[3][4][5] is a member of an inter-factional deputy group for the protection of Christian values; in this capacity, she supported the introduction of amendments to the Russian Constitution, according to which, "Orthodoxy is the basis of the national and cultural identity of Russia." Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Federal Structure and Local Self-Government since December 21, 2011.

References[change | change source]

  1. Ghosh, Pallab (17 September 2015). "Valentina Tereshkova: USSR was 'worried' about women in space". BBC. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  2. Hawkins, Alexander (12 July 2016). "Valentina Tereshkova". Avaunt. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  3. Андрей Владимирович Скоч — депутат Госдумы, меценат и общественный деятель. (
  4. Скоч Андрей Владимирович — депутат Государственной думы Российской Федерации шести созывов. (
  5. Биография депутата и руководителя фонда «Поколение» Андрея Скоча (