Here’s a little Tereshkova love to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her spaceflight on June 16th, 1963. I didn’t realize this footage existed, but it’s great stuff. It always surprises me to realize how actually literal it is when Bowie says, “Here am I sitting in my tin can“, and how much space-age technology really… isn’t. We basically sent people up into total vacuum with snorkels and aluminum foil. What wonderful insanity.
(As an aside, I’ve always wondered if Larisa Shepitko’s 1966 film Wings, about a female WWII Russian fighter pilot who has trouble adjusting to life after her glory days and traumas in the war, wasn’t in part inspired by Tereshkova.)