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18 Famous Valentina Tereshkova Quotes (VOSTOK 6)

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Top 18 Most Famous Valentina Tereshkova Quotes – First Woman to Have Flown in Space

It doesn't matter what country or what political system you are from. Space brings you together.
It doesn’t matter what country or what political system you are from. Space brings you together.
Once you've been in space, you appreciate how small and fragile the Earth is.
Once you’ve been in space, you appreciate how small and fragile the Earth is.
Anyone who has spent any time in space will love it for the rest of their lives. I achieved my childhood dream of the sky.
Anyone who has spent any time in space will love it for the rest of their lives. I achieved my childhood dream of the sky.
They forbade me from flying, despite all my protests and arguments. After being once in space, I was keen to go back there. But it didn't happen.
They forbade me from flying, despite all my protests and arguments. After being once in space, I was keen to go back there. But it didn’t happen.
If women can be railroad workers in Russia, why can't they fly in space?
If women can be railroad workers in Russia, why can’t they fly in space?
A bird cannot fly with one wing only. Human space flight cannot develop any further without the active participation of women.
A bird cannot fly with one wing only. Human space flight cannot develop any further without the active participation of women.
I am very resourceful, as any woman would be.
I am very resourceful, as any woman would be.
On Earth, men and women are taking the same risks. Why shouldn't we be taking the same risks in space?
On Earth, men and women are taking the same risks. Why shouldn’t we be taking the same risks in space?
More women should actively participate in space flight. There are many well educated women working in the space industry; they are very good candidates.
More women should actively participate in space flight. There are many well educated women working in the space industry; they are very good candidates.
You don't think about the danger. The spaceship becomes your home.
You don’t think about the danger. The spaceship becomes your home.
I am convinced that the modular structure of the Mir will be the main trend in manned orbital stations development in the next century.
I am convinced that the modular structure of the Mir will be the main trend in manned orbital stations development in the next century.
One cannot deny the great role women have played in the world community. My flight was yet another impetus to continue this female contribution.
One cannot deny the great role women have played in the world community. My flight was yet another impetus to continue this female contribution.

“The ideals of the party were close to me, and I have tried to adhere to those principles all my life. In essence, they are the same as in the Ten Commandments in the Bible. I will never change my convictions.”

Valentina Tereshkova
Of course, it's a dream to go to Mars. I want to find out whether there was life there or not. And if there was, then why did it die out? What sort of catastrophe happened?
Of course, it’s a dream to go to Mars. I want to find out whether there was life there or not. And if there was, then why did it die out? What sort of catastrophe happened?
I would enjoy flying to Mars. This was the dream of the first cosmonauts. I wish I could realize it! I am ready to fly without coming back.
I would enjoy flying to Mars. This was the dream of the first cosmonauts. I wish I could realize it! I am ready to fly without coming back.
I never aimed to be on television or in the press. We all have a personal life, and being a public figure disrupts that.
I never aimed to be on television or in the press. We all have a personal life, and being a public figure disrupts that.
I see the horizon. A light blue, a beautiful band. This is the Earth. How beautiful it is! All goes well.
I see the horizon. A light blue, a beautiful band. This is the Earth. How beautiful it is! All goes well.

“We didn’t have rest days or weekends because we had to get ready as fast as possible, so we could beat the Americans, who were also racing to send a woman into space.”

Valentina Tereshkova

Valentina Tereshkova Short Biography

Born on 6 March 1937, in Maslennikovo, Russia, U.S.S.R, Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova a Soviet cosmonaut, was the first woman to travel to space on 16 June 1963. 

She started to work in factories, after having left school at sixteen, which inspired future headlines: “Factory-worker becomes first woman to fly into space.” (source)

Although unlike most cosmonauts who had prior experience as pilots, Tereshkova was an experienced amateur parachute jumper. This had worked in her favor for at this time cosmonauts would parachute from their capsules instead of landing their vessels. 

In 1962 Valentina Tereshkova had received 18 months of training alongside four other women. Of the five women who had trained, only Tereshkova flew to space. 

In 1963, Tereshkova was selected for a dual flight of the Vostok program. On June 16, 1963, she would pilot the Vostok 6, cementing her name in history as the first woman in space.

She received the Hero of the Soviet Union and Order of Lenin award for her historic flight. And was the last woman cosmonaut to fly to space until the 1980s. 

She was a member of the Supreme Soviet and was an appointed representative to several international women’s organizations and events. 

Valentina Tereshkova is still being celebrated to this day, for her contributions to science and her fierce resolve to be the first woman in space. 

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