The Real Valentina

06 March 1937

Star graphic Valentina Tereshkova Born

01 June 1953

Star graphic Textile Factory

At the age of 16 she had to go to work in a factory, as she had to help her mother and her two younger brothers. Very soon she became interested in skydiving and requested her registration at the local Aeroclub.

21 May 1959

Star graphic First jump!

Valentina loved skydiving and made her first jump at age 22, on May 21, 1959; accumulated about 90 jumps.

First jump!

01 January 1960

Star graphic Star City

More than 400 candidates applied to be the first women in space. Valentina and 4 other women were selected for the training programme.

Star City

Star graphic Training Programme

The training included weightlessness flights, insulation tests, centrifuge tests, rocket theory, engineering spacecraft, 120 parachute jumps and pilot training in Mig fighter jets.

Training Programme

01 November 1962

Star graphic Training Ends

Training Ends

16 June 1963

Star graphic Into Space

Valentina was 26 when she went into space on June 16th 1963 in Vostok 6

Into Space

Star graphic Valentina is the only woman to date to ever complete a solo mission

Valentina is the only woman to date to ever complete a solo mission

Star graphic Yelena Tereshkova

Valentina’s mother Yelena didn’t know her daughter was a astronaut until a few days after her launch mission.

Yelena Tereshkova

19 June 1963

Star graphic Valentina spent 2 days, 22 hours and 50 minutes in space and orbited the Earth 48 times.

Valentina spent 2 days, 22 hours and 50 minutes  in space and orbited the Earth 48 times.

Star graphic Recovery of Valentina Tereshkova and Vostok-6 after landing in a field

Recovery of Valentina Tereshkova and Vostok-6 after landing in a field

Star graphic Valentina made history & changed the course of space travel. Many female astronauts followed in her footsteps.

Valentina made history &  changed the course of space travel. Many female astronauts followed in her footsteps.

Star graphic Valentina has a crater on the moon named after her - crater Tereshkova

Valentina has a  crater on the moon named after her - crater Tereshkova

Star graphic Yuri Gagarin was the first human to go into outer space and was Valentina’s hero. They soon became friends.

Yuri Gagarin was the first human to go into outer space and was Valentina’s hero. They soon became friends.

03 November 1963

Star graphic Valentina married fellow astronaut Andrian Nikolayev

Valentina married fellow astronaut Andrian Nikolayev

08 June 1964

Star graphic Elena Andrianovna Nikolaeva-Tereshkova Born

They had a daughter Elena, who was the first child in the world whose mother and father were both astronauts

Elena Andrianovna Nikolaeva-Tereshkova Born

06 March 2021

Star graphic Valentina Tereshkova turned 84 years old.

Valentina Tereshkova turned 84 years old.

Star graphic Valentina is still a powerful public speaker

Valentina has been an indefatigable fighter of the Russian women’s movement, advocating for Soviet women to have the same opportunities as men.

Valentina is still a powerful public speaker