June 19, 1963 CE – Valentina Tereshkova Returns to Earth

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June 19, 1963 CE – Valentina Tereshkova Returns to EarthRate this post After three days in space, the first woman to ever be launched into orbit returned to terra firma on this day in 1963. Valentina Tereshkova, a 26-year-old parachute enthusiast with just a year’s worth of flight training, would have to wait sixteen years to before she had company in one of history’s most exclusive clubs. Tereshkova’s rise to become one of the most prominent figures in Russia is nearly a fairy tale. Born on March 6, 1937 in the tiny town of Maslennikovo to a pair of Belarussian immigrants, her “proletariat background” played a role in her selection […]