The message reads, in part:
“You are deservedly considered one of the outstanding members of a legendary group of cosmonauts, and a talented, energetic and dedicated person who takes an active stand in life and as a citizen. It is of great significance that today too, your knowledge, experience and desire to serve your homeland are needed in the important public and lawmaking work that you do.”
Ms Tereshkova made her spaceflight on June 16–19, 1963. She is now a member of Russia’s State Duma and deputy chairperson of the State Duma Committee for International Affairs.