Agencia EFEJune 16, 2013 15:31
Moscow, Jun 16 (EFE).- Russia is paying tribute Sunday to cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, who 50 years ago became the first woman to go into orbit on board the Vostok 6 spacecraft.
"Hey, heavens, take off your hat!" Tereshkova said before taking off, as if she were asking the universe to pay respects to the first woman to dare to challenge it.
"On June 16, 1963, the entire world learned that at 12:30 Moscow time the spacecraft Vostok 6 went into orbit crewed by the first female cosmonaut," Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev said in a statement.