I was 9-years old at the time and totally captivated and fascinated by space and the space race. Those were exciting days to be a kid. I followed all the news. We didn’t have TV in Ceylon at the time so it was all through newspaper, radio and Pathe News.
I remember learning about Valentina Tereshkova flight. Wow. A woman in space. It was pretty exciting. I also remember reading that she suffered mental illness as a result of this flight! That proved to be false. But, an indication as to how some people wanted to mar her achievement.
Valentina Tereshkova one of the eight distinguished Olympic flag bearers at the Sochi Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in 2014.
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I could NOT believe my years.
As is my wont, I was listening to the TV while doing my ablutions — in this case putting in my contacts. I was sure I had misheard it.
So, I went up to the TV and since it is connected to a DVR rewound it.
Listened to it. Thought I again misheard. Replayed it.
I was shocked.
Valentina Tereshkova beat her by a FULL 20 years!
Well I do know my early space history — because as a barefoot, scrawny kid in shorts, growing up in Ceylon I was totally captivated by the space race. Though I was 9 and she was 26, I had a crush on her!
Here is the list from Wikipedia