Today, 12 April, marks the 60th anniversary of the first visit to space by a human.
Three years after the Yury Gagarin’s flight, the first woman, Valentina Tereshkova, also visited space. To this day, our great compatriot remains the only woman in the world to have made a solo flight to space. Her flight lasted 2 days, 22 hours and 51 minutes. During this time, the Vostok-6 that Tereshkova piloted made 48 orbits around the Earth.
Our compatriot Svetlana Savitskaya was also the first woman to perform a spacewalk.
More than 60 women have been to space.
Today, space programmes involving female astronauts are being implemented by Russia, China, and the United States.
Research and experiments show that the physiological changes caused by the microgravity environment are the same, so everyone prepares for space flights under the same conditions.
Women’s increased involvement in the space industry is noteworthy, as their inventions, discoveries, and ongoing research are important for the development of astronautics.
Cosmonautics Day is a day that promotes belief in progress and hope for the future – a day when we understand how great and valuable human potential is.
Happy Cosmonautics Day!
Council of the Eurasian Women’s Forum