Today makes the 53rd anniversary of Valentina Tereshkova’s first journey into space. On the 16th of June in the year 1963, Tereshkova became the first women in space, a record which made her not only a Hero of the Soviet Union but a heroine across the world.
She was 26 years old when she boarded the Vostok 6 spacecraft and went into orbit.
After her space flight she became highly active in politics, serving as a member of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR as well as being a member of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet.
She continues to act as a global ambassador for Russian culture and maintains active membership in the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, the success party to the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.