Monday, June 16, 2008

The First Woman in Space: 45 Years Ago

Forty-five years ago today, a young lady from a small Russian village became the first woman in space, according to Russia Today.

Now 71, Valentina Tereshkova keeps a low profile but she was on-hand recently for the lift-off of the 50th woman into space. (Not that I was there myself, you understand. . .)

Written in honor of this cosmonaut, the Valentina Twist may have been a popular song 45 years ago in the USSR. Here's your chance to hear it and step back into the early 60's.

What were you doing June, 1963, dear blog reader -- the twist, perhaps? Some of us would remember that JFK was in the White House then. Myself, I barely knew who was president but I do remember that was the month our family moved from Rittman, Ohio into wonderful new house, a split level that Dad built in Manchester, just south of Akron. Exciting as that was, it pales compared to going into orbit.

Given the chance, would you be interested in a trip into space?


Kyle & Svet Keeton said...

Hi, Eileen!

Thank you for this story and finding such good videos!

Best wishes,
Svet and Kyle

Anonymous said...

Great video! Tereshkova does indeed keep a very low profile these days: I've neither seen nor heard of her in decades, and I remember her maiden space flight well. The news was nothing less than blockbusting. My dad, only in his thirties at the time of Tereshkova's feat, rightly thought her very attractive, and I think he had a bit of a crush on her--just as he later harbored a bit of a harmless crush on Mikhail Gorbachev's beloved bride, Raisa. Indeed, even my WWII-era folks were doing Chubby Checker's "The Twist" that June, and two months later we witnessed the launching of a 628-foot homerun from the bat of New York Yankee superstar Mickey Mantle, in humid Kansas City. And, sadly, in November 1963, we witnessed the shocking assassination of American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Time has in fact passed so quickly for me, that these aforementioned events seem as if they happened only yesterday. To think that Tereshkova, once my father's "flame," is now 71, and dad himself gone 14 years come September.

Thanks for sharing.