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Pre-flight footage of Valentina Tereshkova – June 16th, 1963

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Valentina Tereshkova, suited up for spaceflight.

Valentina Tereshkova, suited up for spaceflight.

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.

Women in Space has a great picspam and an infographic about her spaceflight.

 

(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.)

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