June 16, 1963 First woman in space

49 years ago tomorrow, Cosmonaut Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova became the first woman to fly in space. Thanks to Craig Hill for posting this interesting space history piece. I learned from Craig’s piece that the Vostok (predecessor to Soyuz) capsule required Cosmonauts to eject at 20,000 feet during reentry.

On this 49th anniversary, China plans to send its first female taikonaut, Liu Yang (Major, People’s Liberation Army) into orbit tomorrow.

Taikonaut Liu Yang (Major, People’s Liberation Army – picture from Time)

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