On June 16, 1963, the Vostok-6 spaceship was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome and it was piloted by Valentina Tereshkova.
On the launch eve, Valentina told her relatives that she was going to take part in a skydiving competition, they learnt about the flight from the radio, together with all the inhabitants of the planet. Before the launch, the world's youngest cosmonaut Tereshkova quoted a line from Vladimir Mayakovsky's poem "Cloud in the pants": "Hey Sky, take off your hat!".
Just like April 12, 1961, the flight of the first female cosmonaut on June 16, 1963 became a special date in human history. It lasted almost three days, Tereshkova stood 48 circles around the Earth, kept a flight log, took photos of the horizon. Those photos were later used to detect aerosol layers in the atmosphere.
Tereshkova graduated with honors from Zhukovsky Air Force Engineering Academy, became a candidate of technical sciences, a professor, an author of more than 50 scientific works, and was ready for a one-way flight to Mars.
We are very glad that the legend of national cosmonautics, the USSR pilot-cosmonaut №6, the tenth cosmonaut in the world, the only woman in the world who took a space flight alone, Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova is now here with us! Mars may be waiting for humans to visit, but such strong in spirit, heroic people are much more necessary on Earth!