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Tereshkova Collection

"Valentina Tereshkova: Pioneering the Skies as the First Woman in Space" In a historic leap for humanity

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Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, in front of the Vostok 6 spacecraft in which she made 48 revolutions of the Earth on June 16-19, 1963

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Valentina Tereshkova
Portrait of Valentina Tereshkova (b.1937), Russian cosmonaut and the first woman in space. Tereshkova flew on Vostock 6, launched on 16 June 1963

Background imageTereshkova Collection: Vostok ejection seat

Vostok ejection seat. View of the type of ejection seat fitted to the Vostok spacecraft in 1961-63. The cosmonaut returning to Earth was instructed to eject from the Vostok capsule at an altitude of

Background imageTereshkova Collection: Krushchev, Tereshkova, Nikolayev, Gagarin

Krushchev, Tereshkova, Nikolayev, Gagarin
The politician and the cosmonauts: (left to right) Khrushchev, Valentina Tereshkova, Adrian Nikolayev & Yuri Gagarin in Red Square, Moscow

Background imageTereshkova Collection: Crewmembers of the first Soviet spaceflight

Crewmembers of the first Soviet spaceflight
The first Soviet cosmonauts (left to right): P. Popovich, Yuri Gagarin, Valentina Tereshkova, Adrian Nikolayev, Valeri Bykovski, & G. Titov

Background imageTereshkova Collection: Nikita Khrushchev with Tereshkova and Bykovsky

Nikita Khrushchev with Tereshkova and Bykovsky
The Russian Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev waving from an open-topped car between the cosmonaut heroes Valentina Tereshkova and Lieutenant Colonel Valery Bykovsky

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Tereshkova Valentina Russia Russian Soviet Ussr
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Background imageTereshkova Collection: Soviet Russian cosmonauts Tereshkova and Bykovsky

Soviet Russian cosmonauts Tereshkova and Bykovsky
The Soviet Russian cosmonauts Valentina Tereshkova (b 1937) and Lieutenant Colonel Valery Bykovsky (b 1934). They had each undertaken a space mission in June 1963, Bykovsky in the Vostok 5

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Valentina Tereshkova, Soviet Russian cosmonaut
Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova (b 1937), Soviet Russian cosmonaut, and the first woman in space, piloting Vostok 6 for three days in June 1963. Date: circa 1960s

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Yuri Gagarin and Valentina Tereshkova, the first man and first woman in space, photographed with their medals. Gagarin made the first manned spaceflight in the Vostok 1 spacecraft on April 12, 1961

Background imageTereshkova Collection: Valentina Tereshkova, Russian cosmonaut, Baikonur Cosmodrome, USSR, 16 June 1963

Valentina Tereshkova, Russian cosmonaut, Baikonur Cosmodrome, USSR, 16 June 1963. Tereshkova (1937-) on the day when she piloted Vostok 6, making the first space flight by a woman

Background imageTereshkova Collection: Yuri Gagarin and Valentina Tereshkova, Russian cosmonauts, 1963

Yuri Gagarin and Valentina Tereshkova, Russian cosmonauts, 1963. Gagarin (1934-1968) became the first man in space when he orbited the Earth aboard Vostok 1 on 12 April 1961

Background imageTereshkova Collection: Alexander Suvorov (1729-1800). Last Generalissimo of the Rus

Alexander Suvorov (1729-1800). Last Generalissimo of the Russian Empire. Bust by A. Maksimenko. Yevpatoria. Ukraine

Background imageTereshkova Collection: VALENTINA TERESHKOVA (1937-). Soviet cosmonaut and first woman to visit outer space

VALENTINA TERESHKOVA (1937-). Soviet cosmonaut and first woman to visit outer space. Bicycling in a wooded area. Photograph, 1963

Background imageTereshkova Collection: Nikita khrushchev with soviet cosmonauts gagarin, popov, and tereshkova on the rostrum of lenins

Nikita khrushchev with soviet cosmonauts gagarin, popov, and tereshkova on the rostrum of lenins tomb in red square, moscow, ussr, june 22, 1963

Background imageTereshkova Collection: Soviet cosmonauts during television show broadcast from the central tv station in moscow, ussr

Soviet cosmonauts during television show broadcast from the central tv station in moscow, ussr, june 1963

Background imageTereshkova Collection: Soviet cosmonauts valentina tereshkova and andrian nikolayev, married in november 1963

Soviet cosmonauts valentina tereshkova and andrian nikolayev, married in november 1963, with their baby daughter

Background imageTereshkova Collection: Soviet cosmonauts valentina tereshkova and valery bykovsky hug after bykovskys flight in vostok 5

Soviet cosmonauts valentina tereshkova and valery bykovsky hug after bykovskys flight in vostok 5, 1963

Background imageTereshkova Collection: Soviet cosmonaut valentina tereshkova, the first woman in space

Soviet cosmonaut valentina tereshkova, the first woman in space, prior to her flight aboard vostok 6, june 16, 1963

Background imageTereshkova Collection: Cosmonaut valentina tereshkova outside of the vostok 6 space capsule after landing, june 1963

Cosmonaut valentina tereshkova outside of the vostok 6 space capsule after landing, june 1963

Background imageTereshkova Collection: Vostok 6, soviet cosmonaut valentina tereshkova, the first woman in space

Vostok 6, soviet cosmonaut valentina tereshkova, the first woman in space, in front of the vostok capsule, june 1963

Background imageTereshkova Collection: (1937-). Soviet cosmonaut and first woman to visit outer space. Photograph, 1960s

(1937-). Soviet cosmonaut and first woman to visit outer space. Photograph, 1960s
VALENTINA TERESHKOVA (1937-). Soviet cosmonaut and first woman to visit outer space. Photograph, 1960s

Background imageTereshkova Collection: Soviet spacecrat Vostok 6 on launchpad

Soviet spacecrat Vostok 6 on launchpad
Soviet spacecraft Vostok 6 on the launchpad at Baikonur cosmodrome on 16th June 1963. Vostok 6 was piloted by the first woman to fly in space, Valentina Tereshkova

Background imageTereshkova Collection: Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova

Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova

Background imageTereshkova Collection: Astronauts Yuri Gagarin & Valentina Tereshkova

Astronauts Yuri Gagarin & Valentina Tereshkova
Yuri Gagarin and Valentina Tereshkova, the first man and first woman in space, photographed in 1963. Gagarin made the first manned spaceflight in the Vostok 1 spacecraft on April 12, 1961


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"Valentina Tereshkova: Pioneering the Skies as the First Woman in Space" In a historic leap for humanity, Valentina Tereshkova etched her name into the annals of space exploration. Born on March 6, 1937, in Russia, she would go on to become a trailblazer and an inspiration for generations to come. Tereshkova's journey began when she was selected among hundreds of candidates for the Soviet space program. On June 16, 1963, aboard Vostok 6 spacecraft, she embarked on a mission that would forever change our perception of what women can achieve. As her capsule soared through the cosmos, Tereshkova became not only the first woman but also one of the youngest individuals ever to venture beyond Earth's atmosphere. Her courage and determination were matched by her technical prowess. During her flight, Tereshkova encountered several challenges but handled them with grace and skill. She even tested an ejection seat designed for emergency situations—a testament to her unwavering commitment to pushing boundaries. Tereshkova's groundbreaking achievement garnered worldwide attention and admiration from both East and West alike. Her triumphant return was celebrated alongside fellow cosmonauts like Yuri Gagarin and Andriyan Nikolayev—heroes who had paved the way before her. This extraordinary feat marked just one chapter in Tereshkova's illustrious career as a Soviet cosmonaut. She continued contributing to space exploration efforts while inspiring countless others along the way. In fact, it was under Nikita Khrushchev's leadership that she received numerous accolades for her remarkable contributions. Today we remember Valentina Tereshkova as not only a symbol of female empowerment but also as an emblematic figure in human history—one whose indomitable spirit transcended borders and united nations during a time fraught with political tensions between Russia and the United States.