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Fraser
2003-Jul-08, 09:59 PM
SUMMARY: Officials from the Russian Space Agency marked the 40th anniversary of the first woman to travel to space by presenting nine new astronaut candidates. Valentina Tereshkova made a three-day flight into space in 1963 - only two years after Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space. Tereshkova, now 66, did feel sick during her flight, but got controllers to agree to let her spend an extra two days in space. Russia's new recruits, the first in six years, include four military pilots, three engineers, a physicist and a doctor.


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jkmccrann
2006-Mar-10, 10:07 AM
What is amazing to think about in terms of Russian female cosmonauts is that they've only had 2 subsequent female cosmonauts in the 40+ years since.

Kondakova Elena Vladimirovna (http://space.kursknet.ru/cosmos/english/peoples/kondakov.sht)

Savitskaya Svetlana Eugenyevna (http://space.kursknet.ru/cosmos/english/peoples/savitska.sht)

Tereshkova Valentina Vladimirovna (http://space.kursknet.ru/cosmos/english/peoples/tereshko.sht)

One of those in the early 1980s and only one relatively recently - late 90s, and that is nearly 10 years ago in fact! Kinda shows up Valentina's mission as tokenistic propaganda!