Valentina Tereshkova and Neil Armstrong
On June 16, 1963 Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first women in space aboard Vostok 6.  She is selected from four hundred applicants and five finalists.  She completed 48 orbits of the Earth during her three days in space.  About this photo: Valentina Tereshkova presents badge to U.S. Astronaut Neil Armstrong in memory of his visit to the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City.  Photo credit: RIA NOVOSTI / Wikimedia

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