Saturday Scenes

Thu 21 June 2012

Getting Down is the Hardest Part

Filed under: #satscene —— Sylvia @ 21:17

On the 16th of June in 1963, Valentina Tereshkova became the first civilian and the first woman to fly in space. Tereshkova was a textile worker in a local factory when she made her first skydiving jump at the age of 22. In 1961, the chief Soviet rocket engineer became interested in putting a woman in space. The rocket ship was completely automatic so piloting experience was not necessary …but parachuting experience was essential as the cosmonaut would be ejected upon re-entry.

Four hundred women applied for the first female cosmonaut corps, of which five were selected, including Tereshkova.

Valentina Tereshkova – Wikipedia

Qualifications included that they be parachutists under 30 years of age, under 170 cm (5 feet 7 inches) tall, and under 70 kg (154 lbs.) in weight.

Tereshkova was considered a particularly worthy candidate, partly due to her “proletarian” background, and because her father, tank leader sergeant Vladimir Tereshkov, was a war hero.

Training included weightless flights, isolation tests, centrifuge tests, rocket theory, spacecraft engineering, 120 parachute jumps and pilot training in MiG-15UTI jet fighters.

Tereshkova was 26 when she launched into space in the Vostok 6. She orbited the earth 48 times over three days, logging more flight time than the combined times of all American astronauts who had flown before that date. After the trip, she studied at the Zhukovsky Air Force Academy and graduated with distinction as a cosmonaut engineer.

Meanwhile, on the 16th of June in 2012 many out-of-this-world photographs were taken:

And here are the stars that took them:

Next week: Self-Portrait Saturday! Just like every other Saturday except that you are invited — encouraged even! — to turn the camera around and take a photograph of yourself. Would you like inspiration? Take a look at the last three years of self-portraits:

The rules are simple: You have to take the photograph on Saturday, just like every other week! Simply send it in with a location and we’ll end up with a great collage.

You don’t have to take a self-portrait if you don’t want to but it sure is fun to see the faces behind the lens.

See you on Saturday?

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