Who is Valentina Tereshkova? You mean you don't know. Read my new poem to DISCOVER.
Shined as bright as any nova-
Won a special spatial race:
The first woman into space.
Today is the birthday of Russian Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, born March 6, 1937. She became the first woman to fly into space aboard Vostok 6 on June 16, 1963.
Despite nausea and physical discomfort, she orbited the earth 48 times and spent almost three days in space. With a single flight, she logged more flight time than the combined times of all American astronauts who had flown before that date. She recently won the greatest woman of the century award.
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