Monday, June 16, 2008

First Woman in Space - Valentina Tereshkova

Today is the 16th of June, 2008 and exactly 45 years ago Valentina Tereshkova went to space. Woman on a spaceship - it's so romantic. Valya (diminutive Russian woman's name for Valentina) was a first woman in space. The name of a spaceship was "Vostok" — Russian translation — "East". Today woman in space is not a rare thing - there were around 50 women already. But back then it was an experiment, basically a medical and psychological experiment.
Valentina Tereshkova spent 70 hours and 50 minutes in space. Nobody really knew about woman body reaction in space and after a landing.
She is the only woman who was all alone in space - all other women were with man cosmonauts and astronauts. As it appeared later - there is almost no difference in between woman and man astronauts. On the spaceship everything is as on the Earth - women are more inclined to the patient and painstaking work, they are quiet and focused, said in an interview with Business FM corresponding member of the Russian Academy Kosmonavtiki of Tsiolkovskogo, Alexander Zheleznyakov: "This is the case when there is not needed so much daily load, but required a lengthy work. In terms of endurance the woman body adapts to weightlessness is better than man's body. A man can actively polish the 8 o'clock and then he would need rest. A woman can also effectively polish the 10 hours, but it does not deal with those situations as open space. Attentiveness and concentration in conditions of weightlessness is very important. This may seem strange, but woman looks better than the male astronaut."
There were 102 Russian cosmonauts, and among them were only three women: Valentina Tereshkova, Svetlana Savitskaya and Elena Kondakova (she was the first woman in the world who spent six months in space). Most women's team - Americans. In their account there were 41 female astronauts. They are preparing for the same program as men. The only thing that colleagues note: a woman remains a woman even in outer space - the same habits, said cosmonaut, hero of the Soviet Union, the hero of Russia, Sergei Krikalev.


Anonymous russian interpreter said...

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