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Russian women in space

March 12, 2015, 15:04 UTC+3
Russia’s first female cosmonaut in past 20 years returned to Earth from ISS
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The first woman in space was a Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova. Photo: Valentina Tereshkova passes a medical examination at the Cosmonaut Training Center
The first woman in space was a Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova. Photo: Valentina Tereshkova passes a medical examination at the Cosmonaut Training Center
The first woman in space was a Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova. Photo: Valentina Tereshkova passes a medical examination at the Cosmonaut Training Center
© Fotokhronika TASS/Vera Zhikharenko
Valentina Tereshkova was selected from over 400 applicants to pilot Vostok 6 on June 16 1963
Valentina Tereshkova was selected from over 400 applicants to pilot Vostok 6 on June 16 1963
Valentina Tereshkova was selected from over 400 applicants to pilot Vostok 6 on June 16 1963
© Fotokhronika TASS/B. Smirnov
Photo: Valentina Tereshkova (center) after landing
Photo: Valentina Tereshkova (center) after landing
Photo: Valentina Tereshkova (center) after landing
© Fotokhronika TASS
Svetlana Savitskaya (center) became the second woman in space some 19 years after Valentina Tereshkova
Svetlana Savitskaya (center) became the second woman in space some 19 years after Valentina Tereshkova
Svetlana Savitskaya (center) became the second woman in space some 19 years after Valentina Tereshkova
© Yury Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center
Svetlana Savitskaya (center) was on her second mission when she spaced-walked on July 25, 1984
Svetlana Savitskaya (center) was on her second mission when she spaced-walked on July 25, 1984
Svetlana Savitskaya (center) was on her second mission when she spaced-walked on July 25, 1984
© Fotokhronika TASS/Leonid Popov
Savitskaya conducted an EVA (extravehicular activity) outside the Salyut 7 space station for 3 hours 35 minutes
Savitskaya conducted an EVA (extravehicular activity) outside the Salyut 7 space station for 3 hours 35 minutes
Savitskaya conducted an EVA (extravehicular activity) outside the Salyut 7 space station for 3 hours 35 minutes
© Fotokhronika TASS
Russian Yelena Kondakova was the third Russian female cosmonaut to travel to space and the first woman to make a long-duration spaceflight. Photo: Yelena Kondakova with daughter
Russian Yelena Kondakova was the third Russian female cosmonaut to travel to space and the first woman to make a long-duration spaceflight. Photo: Yelena Kondakova with daughter
Russian Yelena Kondakova was the third Russian female cosmonaut to travel to space and the first woman to make a long-duration spaceflight. Photo: Yelena Kondakova with daughter
© ITAR-TASS/Albert Pushkarev
She returned to Earth on March 22, 1995 after a five-month stay at the Mir space station. Kondakova also became the first woman to travel for both the Soyuz programme and the Space Shuttle
She returned to Earth on March 22, 1995 after a five-month stay at the Mir space station. Kondakova also became the first woman to travel for both the Soyuz programme and the Space Shuttle
She returned to Earth on March 22, 1995 after a five-month stay at the Mir space station. Kondakova also became the first woman to travel for both the Soyuz programme and the Space Shuttle
© Yury Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center
Yelena Serova became the first female Russian cosmonaut to visit the International Space Station on 26 September 2014
Yelena Serova became the first female Russian cosmonaut to visit the International Space Station on 26 September 2014
Yelena Serova became the first female Russian cosmonaut to visit the International Space Station on 26 September 2014
© ITAR-TASS/Press service of the Yury Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center
Serova graduated from the Aerospace Faculty of the Moscow Aviation Institute qualified as an engineer. Photo: US astronaut Barry Wilmore, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev and Yelena Serova, crew members of the mission to the International Space Station at Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Serova graduated from the Aerospace Faculty of the Moscow Aviation Institute qualified as an engineer. Photo: US astronaut Barry Wilmore, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev and Yelena Serova, crew members of the mission to the International Space Station at Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Serova graduated from the Aerospace Faculty of the Moscow Aviation Institute qualified as an engineer. Photo: US astronaut Barry Wilmore, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev and Yelena Serova, crew members of the mission to the International Space Station at Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
© AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool
ISS Expedition 41/42 crew member, Russia's cosmonaut Yelena Serova after the landing of Soyuz reentry module in Kazakhstan
ISS Expedition 41/42 crew member, Russia's cosmonaut Yelena Serova after the landing of Soyuz reentry module in Kazakhstan
ISS Expedition 41/42 crew member, Russia's cosmonaut Yelena Serova after the landing of Soyuz reentry module in Kazakhstan
© Donat Sorokin/TASS
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The first woman in space was a Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova. Photo: Valentina Tereshkova passes a medical examination at the Cosmonaut Training Center
© Fotokhronika TASS/Vera Zhikharenko
Valentina Tereshkova was selected from over 400 applicants to pilot Vostok 6 on June 16 1963
© Fotokhronika TASS/B. Smirnov
Photo: Valentina Tereshkova (center) after landing
© Fotokhronika TASS
Svetlana Savitskaya (center) became the second woman in space some 19 years after Valentina Tereshkova
© Yury Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center
Svetlana Savitskaya (center) was on her second mission when she spaced-walked on July 25, 1984
© Fotokhronika TASS/Leonid Popov
Savitskaya conducted an EVA (extravehicular activity) outside the Salyut 7 space station for 3 hours 35 minutes
© Fotokhronika TASS
Russian Yelena Kondakova was the third Russian female cosmonaut to travel to space and the first woman to make a long-duration spaceflight. Photo: Yelena Kondakova with daughter
© ITAR-TASS/Albert Pushkarev
She returned to Earth on March 22, 1995 after a five-month stay at the Mir space station. Kondakova also became the first woman to travel for both the Soyuz programme and the Space Shuttle
© Yury Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center
Yelena Serova became the first female Russian cosmonaut to visit the International Space Station on 26 September 2014
© ITAR-TASS/Press service of the Yury Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center
Serova graduated from the Aerospace Faculty of the Moscow Aviation Institute qualified as an engineer. Photo: US astronaut Barry Wilmore, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev and Yelena Serova, crew members of the mission to the International Space Station at Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
© AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool
ISS Expedition 41/42 crew member, Russia's cosmonaut Yelena Serova after the landing of Soyuz reentry module in Kazakhstan
© Donat Sorokin/TASS

The Soyuz reentry module with ISS Expedition 41/42 crew landed in Kazakhstan steppe on March 12. One of the crew members, Yelena Serova became the first Russian woman cosmonaut to set out on a long space flight in the past 20 years. Previously, only three female cosmonauts, Valentina Tereshkova (1963), Svetlana Savitskaya (1982, 1984) and Yelena Kondakova (1994, 1997) representing former Soviet Union and Russia have flown into space. Russian women in space - in photo gallery by TASS

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