On the 29th of October Roscosmos presented their new group of test Cosmonauts and remarkable one of them was a woman. Meet Anna Y. Kikina, a 28 year old engineer from the third largest city of Russia (Novosibirsk). Six years age she graduated with honors from the Novosibirsk State Academy of Water transport. In her free time she practises rafting and skiing.
At the moment she is a “test cosmonaut”, which means that she is in basic cosmonaut training, but not yet selected for any missions. If she passes her training she will be the second women in the Russian cosmonaut team, together with Yelena Serova, who will fly to the station next year. Anna is one of the eight cosmonauts selected through the first open selection of Roscosmos.
First Female Cosmonaut in Space: Valentina Tereshkova
Born March 6, 1937, Valentina is a retired Soviet cosmonaut, and was the first woman in space. She was selected out of more than four hundred applicants, and then out of five finalists, to pilot Vostok 6 on the 16 June, 1963, becoming both the first woman and the first civilian to fly in space, as she was only honorarily inducted into the USSR’s Air Force as a condition on joining the Cosmonaut Corps. During her three-day mission, she performed various tests on herself to collect data on the female body’s reaction to spaceflight.
Before being recruited as a cosmonaut, Tereshkova was a textile-factory assembly worker and an amateur parachutist. After the dissolution of the first group of female cosmonauts in 1969, she became a prominent member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, holding various political offices. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, she retired from politics, but remains revered as a hero in post-Soviet Russia.