Twenty years before Sally Kristen Ride launched into Orbit, Soviet Cosmonaut Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova was the first woman in Space. She was chosen from more than 400 applicants and 5 finalists to pilot Vostok 6 on the 16 June 1963.
Vostok 6 is a Russian Spacecraft and the first human spacecraft to carry a woman. She completed 48 Orbits around Earth during her 3-days mission, Vostok 6 was her house for the 3 days in space.
She qualified for the selection because of her expertise in Skydiving which she obtained through the Local Aeroclub starting at the age of 22. Her flight into space, at age 26, is the record of the youngest female astronaut/ cosmonaut.
Place of Birth : Village of Maslennikovo in Tutayevsky District, Yaroslavl Oblast, in central Russia on the 6 March 1937 . Her parents migrated from Belarus. She was interested in Parachuting at a young age. March 6 2017, she marks her 80th birthday.
Valentina Tereshkova, pictured as a Major in the Soviet Air Forces back in 1969.
She obtained the rank “Major General” at her 1997 retirement. she is still a political figure and serves in the state Duma within the Russian Legislature.