Valentina Tereshkova


Birthday March 6, 1937

Birth Sign Pisces

Birthplace Russia

Age 87 years old

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Russian astronaut and the world's first female to journey into space. She spent just under three days in orbit. In 2014, she was one of the Olympic flag carriers.

Before Fame

She became interested in parachuting when she was a young girl, and trained in skydiving as part of the local AeroClub.


She was chosen from 400 people to be a part of an USSR expedition on the Vostok 6.

Family Life

She married fellow astronaut Andrian Nikolayev in 1963. They had a daughter, Elena, before divorcing in 1982. She later remarried Yuliy G. Shaposhnikov.

Associated With

Like American Sally Ride, she was the first woman from her country to go to space.