On March 6, 1937, Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova
was born in Bolshoye Maslennikovo, a village on the Volga River about 350 km northeast of Moscow.
She spent three days orbiting Earth strapped into a space capsule so primitive that no one could land in it. So how did the cosmonaut get home? That's part of the story of the first woman in space, on a solo flight twenty years before NASA sent America's first female astronaut, Sally Ride, into orbit on a Space Shuttle.Valentina Tereshkova - the First Spacewoman