Valentina Tereshkova (born March 6, 1937 in the village of Bolshoye Maslennikovo, Yaroslavl Region) is the first woman to have flown into space. She is a major general, Hero of the Soviet Union, State Duma Deputy of the 6th Convocation from the United Russia party and deputy chairperson of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs.
Valentina Tereshkova entered the cosmonaut corps on March 12, 1962 and carried out her solo space flight, lasting nearly 3 days, on June 16, 1963 on the Vostok-6 spacecraft. The success of her flight became a milestone in the history of human space exploration.
The main events honouring Valentina Tereshkova’s space flight are scheduled for June 16 in Yaroslavl.