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Soviet spacecrat Vostok 6 on launchpad

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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. The flight lasted 70.8 hours and Tereshkova orbited the Earth 48 times

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16 June 1963 16th Baikonur Cosmodrome Flight Manned Spaceflight Program Programme Rocket Russian Soviet Space Race Tereshkova Vostok 6


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This print captures a historic moment in space exploration as the Soviet spacecraft Vostok 6 stands tall on the launchpad at Baikonur cosmodrome on June 16th, 1963. This particular mission holds immense significance as it marked the groundbreaking flight of Valentina Tereshkova, who became the first woman to venture into outer space. The Vostok 6 mission was part of the ambitious Soviet space program that aimed to push boundaries and assert dominance in the Space Race. With Tereshkova at its helm, this remarkable flight lasted an impressive 70.8 hours, during which she orbited our planet an astounding 48 times. As we gaze upon this iconic image, we are reminded of both the technological prowess and human achievement that characterized this era. The sight of Vostok 6 poised for liftoff evokes a sense of anticipation and wonderment about what lies beyond our earthly confines. This photograph serves as a testament to Tereshkova's courage and determination, breaking through gender barriers and paving the way for future generations of female astronauts. It symbolizes not only her personal triumph but also represents a significant milestone in mankind's quest to explore uncharted territories. Science Photo Library brings us yet another powerful visual narrative from history, encapsulating both scientific progress and human ambition within a single frame.

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