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First woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova, turns 83 today. She's still going strong and still a member of the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament. She serves as deputy chair of the Committee on Federal Structure and Local Government. A textile worker before the space gig, she was selected because of her skydiving experience. The Vostok pilots on descent ejected at 23,000' and did a parachute landing.

 

On completion of training, she took the option of an Air Force commission and went into space as a Lieutenant, was promoted mid flight and returned as a Captain. She stayed in the Air Force until 1997 and retired with the honorary rank of Major General. At the end of her flight, she had logged more space hours than the combined U.S. astronaut programme.

 

 

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