On this day in history - June 16th, 1963

On this day in history - June 16th, 1963
Vostok 6, the final spacecraft in the series
Vostok 6, the final spacecraft in the series

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space aboard

Vostok 6

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The capsule's launch was fairly uneventful, but Tereshkova vomited in the middle of her flight. She later claimed the reason for her vomiting was poor food quality and not the stress of spaceflight. In general, the Soviet space program called Tereshkova's performance during the flight as "adequate" instead of "outstanding."

When Tereshkova landed on Earth, she encountered several farmers with whom she bartered her space food in exchange for a home-cooked meal. A statue of Tereshkova stands in Kazakhstan near the landing site of Vostok 6.

Sally Ride was the third woman in space and the first American in 1983 on the 20th anniversary of Vostok 6's mission.