16 June : The one who broke the Glass Ceiling !

It just took 2 years for a woman to match a man, at least in case of space travel.  First man Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin reached space in 1961, while first woman Soviet Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova reached space today in 1963. Both of them are Russians. 

She created history by becoming the first woman to have flown in space. Aboard Vostok 6, after 48 orbits and 71 hours, she returned to earth.
Upon completion of her mission, Tereshkova was honored with the title Hero of the Soviet Union. She never flew again.

Valentina became interested in parachute jumping at an early age. It was her expertise in parachute jumping that led to her selection as a cosmonaut. Before her recruitment as a cosmonaut, Tereshkova was a textile-factory assembly worker and an amateur skydiver.

Soviet अंतरिक्ष Program के तहत आज 1963 में Vostok 6 अंतरिक्ष यान का लॉन्च हुआ था. इसी के साथ Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova अंतरिक्ष में जाने वाली पहली महिला बन गईं थीं. इस अंतरिक्ष यान पर Valentina ही अकेली क्रू मेंबर थीं. Valentina को करीब 400 applicants में से चुना गया था. Cosmonaut बनने से पहले Valentina एक textile-factory में बतौर assembly worker काम करतीं थीं.