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Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman and first civilian in space. Tereshkova spent 3 days in space and orbited the earth 48 times on Vostok 6, the sixth manned flight…

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1961

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Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human in space, flying a single orbit around the Earth in the spacecraft Vostok 1. American Alan Shepard followed Gagarin into space three weeks later.

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The 1960s


The 1960s saw the first manned flights into orbit – by Soviet cosmonauts Yuri Gagarin and German Titov, and by American astronaut John Glenn.

Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space on June 16 1963, flying for a total of 2 days, 22 hours and 50 minutes.

For more about the history of the Space Race in the 1950s and 1960s, see
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The astronauts


Valentina Tereshkova

2 days, 23 hours and 12 mins in space