Thursday, April 23, 2015

T is for Jr. Lt. Valentina Tereshkova

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Junior Lieutenant Valentina Tereshkova
(1937 - )

Ms. Tereshkova was the first woman in space!

"Valya" was born in Russia and was raised by her mother along with her sister and brother after her father died when she was 2.  Due to helping her mother, she didn't start school until she was 10.

In 1959, she joined the Yaroslavl Air Sports Club and was a skilled amateur parachutist.  She volunteered for the Soviet Space Program where her 126 parachute jumps earned her the rank of Cosmonaut.

After much rigorous training and the usual political BS, on June 16, 1963, Valya was launched into space.  Using callign "Chaika" she reported "I see the horizon. A light blue, a beautiful band. This is the Earth. How beautiful it is! All goes well."  She orbited Earth 48 times over almost 3 days.

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  1. Wow.
    This is a really fantastic theme!
    Make sure to share on social media and use the A to Z Challenge Facebook page if you can!
    Heather M. Gardner
    Co-host: Blogging from A to Z April Challenge
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    1. I'm happy I FINALLY figured out how to get the share buttons - that was way too much of a pain in the butt.

  2. What an amazing experience for her :)

    1. I bet it was scary as heck, but awesome at the same time.

  3. Amazing to read about such people. Dropping in from the A to Z I have given your blog a shout out on my letter U today.

    Rosie Amber - Book reviewer. Campaigning to link more readers to writers.

    1. I'm crazy late replying to comments, but I'm finally doing it! Thanks for the shout out. I'll be over to check things out!


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