VALENTINA TERESHKOVA Biography - Pioneers, Explorers & inventors


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Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova                                                 
Nationality Russian                                                               
Born March 6, 1937                                                               
Yaroslavl Oblast, USSR                                                           
Other occupation Pilot                                                           
Rank Major General, Soviet Air Force                                             
Space time 2d 22h 50m                                                             
Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova (born 6 March 1937),                           
is a retired Soviet cosmonaut and was the first woman to fly                     
in space, aboard Vostok 6 on 16 June 1963.                                       
Tereshkova was born in Bolshoye Maslennikovo, a small village in the Yaroslavl   
Oblast. Her father was a tractor driver and her mother worked in a textile plant. 
She began school in 1945 at the age of eight, but left school in 1953 and         
continued her education by correspondence courses. She became interested in       
parachuting from a young age, and trained in parachuting at the local Aeroclub,   
making her first jump at age 22 on 21 May 1959. It was her expertise in           
parachute jumping that led to her selection as a cosmonaut. Tereshkova was a     
textile-factory assembly worker and an amateur parachutist when she was           
recruited into the cosmonaut program. In 1961 she became secretary of the local   
Komsomol (Young Communist League) and later joined the Communist Party of the     
Soviet Union.