Talk:Valentina Tereshkova

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June 2004[edit]

To Ahoerstemeier: The reason I prefer to say [[Russian language|Russian]] instead of [[Cyrillic]] is that the same name may be spelled differently among the various Cyrillic alphabets. For instance, the family name Волынов could not be spelled that way in the Ukrainian cyrillic alphabet because it does not have the letter "ы". The most accurate link to use is probably Cyrillic alphabet#Cyrillic alphabet for Russian, or the Ukrainian equivalent link for Ukrainian names. I don't really care either way but thought I would explain the change. —Fleminra 05:27, Jun 16, 2004 (UTC)

Important Missing Details of Tereshkova’s Flight[edit]

As the very first woman to reach the adventurous realm of outer space, only very little was mentioned about the inspiration behind Tereshkova’s glorious feat. Was this her lifelong fantasy? Where did her love for space derive? An inconceivable amount of questions bounced around in my thoughts, because behind every grand heroic triumph is that blazing drive and unwavering perseverance hoping to fulfill their dream. The Wikipedia article states, “After the flight of Yuri Gagarin in 1961, Sergey Korolyov, the chief Soviet rocket engineer, came up with the idea of putting a woman in space. On 16 February 1962, Valentina Tereshkova was selected to join the female cosmonaut corps.” This statement does not precisely illustrate Tereshkova’s willingness to fly to space, so the additional statement should be added: “Tereshkova volunteered for the Soviet space program.” Also, the Wikipedia article fails to convey that Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, was Tereshkova’s pivotal enlightenment that had led to her pursuit of space travel. And to gain a better sense of character, I propose to include a few quotations from the renowned Tereshkova: (1) "If women can be railroad workers in Russia, why can't they fly in space?" (2) "Anyone who has spent any time in space will love it for the rest of their lives. I achieved my childhood dream of the sky." (talk) 22:38, 15 October 2013 (UTC)

Very poorly worded?[edit]

" second in importance in Russian space history only to Yuri Gagarin and Alexei Leonov." Should this be fixed? - --Mmathu 05:34, 16 June 2006 (UTC)

Out of limelight[edit]

May be she is now (2006), but she is/was the first female specie ever reaching outer-space of our planet, that achievement is far more important that many people think today. There will be space centers, space ports, space academies and cities in the new worlds (planets,moons) named after her in the future. In fact if you live and reading this in say year 2200 then you probably consider her achievement much more important then most of important things that anyone did in the 20th century. I hardly expect anybody will ever want to name a space port on Mars after any of our current politicians.

16 June[edit]

Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space on the 16th of June, I remember as the 16th is my Birthday. Dfrg.msc 1 . 2 . 3 10:21, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

Mass Effect[edit]

Mass Effect, a Role playing game by Bioware, has a planet cluster called "Tereshkova" it is located in the Armstrong Nebula. There is also a cluster called "Gragarin (possible SP?)" —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:15, 21 November 2007 (UTC)

The moon - the goddamn moon - has a crater named after her. Mass Effect is just fluff. -Ashley Pomeroy (talk) 19:09, 23 September 2011 (UTC)

First Woman in Space[edit]

Do you give any credence to this site [1] or is it just the work of cranks/pranksters? Note the section about the "first woman in space." —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:58, 3 February 2008 (UTC)

No, this site and claims have been thoroughly debunked by reputable historians, and are not worth discussing further. SpacerPower (talk) 03:22, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

Except perhaps to point out further that the woman on the "lost cosmonaut" recording is speaking something barely even recognizable as rather poor Russian, with a strong Italian accent. Next! Florestanová (talk) 18:43, 15 April 2011 (UTC)

Political Stunt[edit]

Shouldn't this article address the fact the she had no flight or piloting experience, she had no control over her spacecraft, and her flight was no more than a political stunt so that the USSR could have another "first"? In addition, the claim that space adaptation syndrome was the reason that no further flights were made by her group is just ludicrous. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:44, 25 September 2008 (UTC)

Prove your "facts" at first.

She had extensive experience as both pilot and parachutist. The Vostok cosmonauts all had very little if any manual control of their spacecraft, it's how they were designed. Florestanová (talk) 18:44, 15 April 2011 (UTC)

"Extensive experience as a pilot"? I just don't see how that could be possible. She had one year or so to complete her training, she certainly hadn't been a pilot prior to her selection (she was an amateur/sport parachutist), and even spending the whole year full-time in an airplane cockpit would hardly count as "extensive experience". Unless you can support this with some sources, I have to conclude that any such claim is highly suspect. Gngeal (talk) 17:50, 6 August 2013 (UTC)

Everyone can fully appreciate the pride of the Russian people and the world with regard to Tereshkova's space achievement, personal courage and subsequent good works. It is also well-established she had considerable personal aviation experience and was very physically fit at the time of her selection. There is, however, no doubt that the entire Soviet effort to be first to put a woman in space was but one of several purely political acts initiated by Khrushchev who considered the entire Soviet space program a propaganda exercise (this is detailed in Khrushchev's memoirs). "Chief Designer" Korolev did NOT initiate the idea and fought against it, considering it a waste of scarce resources. He also unsuccessfully fought against another Khrushchev idea as too dangerous for the cosmonauts - the first three man space flight Voskhod 1 aka Vostok 3KV. Voskhod had been designed for two and in order to fit three cosmonauts they had to fly without wearing their bulky spacesuits. Early versions of the subsequent Soyuz spacecraft had the same problem - the death of the three cosmonauts on Soyuz 11 was caused by asphyxiation and they would have survived if they had been wearing spacesuits. Upon their return to earth, Tereshkova and all other Vostok occupants, including Gagarin, ejected from their capsule at about 7,000 meters altitude and parachuted to the ground separately from their spacecraft because the capsule landed on hard ground and with greater force than an occupant could survive (USA spacecraft of the time all landed on water with the astronauts inside). Thus all Vostok cosmonauts were required to be accomplished parachutists. Since international aviation record rules required aviators to remain inside their aircraft/spacecraft at all times from takeoff to landing, all Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) aviation records garnered by the Vostok series flights were granted under false pretenses based on incorrect information provided by the Soviets (they claimed the cosmonauts landed inside their capsules). — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:03, 30 December 2012 (UTC)

Misguided Evaluation of Merit: At times, the Wikipedia article was very contradicting in light of flight experience and merit prior to Tereshkova’s space journey. Two other Talk editors had previously commented on this misguided evaluation of merit, which had fully captured my attention. So naturally, I followed my curiosity with extensive research and discovered that these Talk comments were nonetheless true. The Wikipedia article expresses that Tereshkova had “extensive experience as a pilot.” This quotation is widely untrue because it was simply Tereshkova’s skydiving profession that had led to her selection as a cosmonaut. Before the big launch, Tereshkova and four other women received 18 months of training, which included tests to determine how she would react to long periods of time being alone, to extreme gravity conditions and to zero-gravity conditions. The Wikipedia article is wonderful in describing further details of their training. Although her training was very valuable, a mere 18 months should not be considered “extensive” by all means – especially prior to, at the time, the largest engagement of aeronautical history. (talk) 22:33, 15 October 2013 (UTC)

Important Missing Details of Tereshkova’s Flight[edit]

Although Tereshkova’s flight was a bold accomplishment and a dazzling trophy in the eyes of the Soviet Union, the Wikipedia article neglects to reveal that the flight had almost turned into a tragedy. An error in the spacecraft's automatic navigation software caused the ship to move away from Earth. Tereshkova noticed this and Soviet scientists quickly developed a new landing algorithm. Tereshkova landed safely but received a bruise on her face. She landed in the Altay region near today's Kazakhstan-Mongolia-China border. Villagers helped Tereshkova out of her spacesuit and asked her to join them for dinner. Tereshkova was valiantly honored with the title Hero of the Soviet Union. The unmentioned disclosure of Tereshkova’s flight aversion had me wondering – is this article hiding the truth as a means to appear flawlessly heroic? (talk) 22:35, 15 October 2013 (UTC)

How can an orbiting, unpropelled object "move away" from earth? (talk) 05:44, 23 June 2014 (UTC)

Name pronunciation[edit]

The article has the pronunciation of her last name as "Терешко́ва", i.e. "Teh-resh-KOH-vah". Is that actually correct though? Because Russian surnames for women typically stress the syllable before the "-ova" part, i.e. "Teh-RESH-koh-vah". Can anyone confirm this? -- Hux (talk) 20:14, 13 April 2011 (UTC)

Hmm, the Russian version of the article has the pronunciation as "Терешко́ва" as well and I imagine they're probably right. ;) Never mind. -- Hux (talk) 20:16, 13 April 2011 (UTC)
T-yeh-r-yeh-shkoh-vah — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:14, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

I'm not a native Russian speaker but I do speak it decently well. Her name is pronounced "te-resh-KO-va", and the male equivalent is "tereshKOV." Accent tends to be on the "ov" part in either masculine or feminine name. (I think "te-RESH-ko-va" would be more of a Bulgarian pronunciation.) Florestanová (talk) 18:42, 15 April 2011 (UTC)

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Gordon Cooper[edit]

"At the time of her selection, Tereshkova was exactly ten years younger than the youngest Mercury Seven astronaut, Gordon Cooper." Was there a time when she wasn't exactly ten years younger than Gordon Cooper? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:05, 13 June 2013 (UTC)

Female experiments[edit]

"During her three-day mission, she performed various tests on herself to collect data on the female body's reaction to spaceflight." This is in the lede, unsourced, and unmentioned (possibly unmentionable) in the body of the article. I propose to remove it unless we can get more details. --Pete (talk) 23:27, 15 June 2013 (UTC)

I've removed it. It seems controversial enough that it shouldn't remain in the lede without a source. If a source is found, we should of course put it back. -- User1961914 (talk) 01:10, 8 March 2014 (UTC)


The article tells us: In 2011, she was elected to the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian legislature, where she continues to serve.
Is it possible to know what political party she was elected for? Aridd (talk) 12:36, 17 September 2015 (UTC)


The first sentence describes her as “a Russian former cosmonaut.” I think the word “former” is unnecessary. She is still an astronaut/cosmonaut, since she traveled into space. It will be understood that she is a “former” astronaut, insofaras she is presumably no longer an active member of the astronaut corps. (Her only spaceflight was in June 1963.)--Solomonfromfinland (talk) 00:18, 8 March 2016 (UTC)

Green tickY Changed the wording to "retired", which is more accurate. — Maile (talk) 21:48, 12 March 2016 (UTC)


Is she related to Olga Tereshkova? (Or rather, Olga’s husband?)--Solomonfromfinland (talk) 22:20, 15 March 2016 (UTC)

  • They are almost certainly not related, if they were related the info would have been all over the Internet. In fact Valentina's biographies emphasize that she does not have much of relatives. Tereshkov(a) is a reasonably common Russian surname. Alex Bakharev (talk) 00:39, 16 March 2016 (UTC)