Today In History- June 16

Today In History- June 16


Vostok 6 Mission, Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space.

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Vostok 6 Mission places first woman in space.

  • Moscow, Russia

In a dramatic turn of events in the global space race, on June 16, 1963, Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space.  The Russians were noted for being the first to put a man into space, and were leading the "space race" with the Americans.  Tereshkova spent nearly 3 days in space, completing over 48 orbits of the earth, despite being sick.  Vostok 6 was remembered as the last Vostok flight, with other Russian woman astronauts participating in later space shuttle missions.

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