Valentina Tereshkova

Russian cosmonaut and pilot, first woman to have flown in space

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

Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova
Soviet Union-1963-Stamp-0.10. Valentina Tereshkova.jpg
1963 USSR postage stamp depicting Valentina Tereshkova
Born (1937-03-06) March 6, 1937 (age 83)
Space career
RankMajor General, Soviet Air Force
Time in space
2d 22h 50m
SelectionFemale Group
MissionsVostok 6

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]


  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.