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The first woman in space signs this first day cover honoring the Soviet space program
First Day Cover signed: "V. Tereshkova," 6¼x4½. First day cover honoring the Soviet space program. Pictorially postmarked Warsaw, Poland, August 26, 1963. Three Polish stamps honoring the Soviet manned space program have been affixed. Tereshkova is on one stamp, cosmonaut Valery Bykovsky is on another, and a Soviet spaceship appears on the third. Bykovsky was in space aboard Vostok 5 (June 14-19, 1963) while Tereshkova was aboard Vostok 6 (June 16-19, 1963). She passed within three miles of Bykovsky. Valentina Tereshkova (b.1937) was the first woman in space. She was aboard the sixth Soviet mission, Vostok 6, June 16-19, 1963. Tereshkova passed within three miles of Vostok 5, launched June 14th. She orbited the Earth 48 times in her 70 hour and 50 minute flight. Not until 1982 did another woman (Svetlana Savitskaya) travel in space. Soviet leader Nikita Khruschev presided at Tereshkova's marriage to cosmonaut Andrian Nikolayev. Their daughter Elena was the first child born to two space travelers. Tereshkova later served in the Supreme Soviet and made many goodwill visits abroad. Horizontal crease at lower margin touches two letters of signature. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: March 6, 1937 in Yaroslavl Oblast, Russian SFSR

Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova was born 6 March 1937, is a retired Soviet cosmonaut and the first woman to have flown in space, having been selected from more than four hundred applicants and five finalists to pilot Vostok 6 on 16 June 1963. In order to join the Cosmonaut Corps, Tereshkova was only honorarily inducted into the Soviet Air Force and thus she also became the first civilian to fly in space. During her three-day mission, she performed various tests on herself to collect data on the female body's reaction to spaceflight.
Before being recruited as a cosmonaut, Tereshkova was a textile factory assembly worker and an amateur parachutist. After the dissolution of the first group of female cosmonauts in 1969, she became a prominent member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, holding various political offices. She remained politically active following the collapse of the Soviet Union and is still revered as a heroine in post-Soviet Russia.

Film Credits
2011 Love, Hate & Propaganda: The Cold War (Other), 2009 Cosmonaut (Other), 1998 Cold War (Other), 1991 Far from St. Petersburg (Editing), 1991 Far from St. Petersburg (in person), 1973 Wer die Erde liebt (in person), 1972 Valentina Tereshkova (in person), 1963 Geliebt von Millionen (in person)

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