Valentina Tereshkova’s Journal Sheds New Light on Her Historic Spaceflight

The first woman in space had code words to inform the ground of problems, from sickness (“palm tree”) to engine failure (“elm tree”).

Valentina Tereshkova as seen by flight controllers during her Vostok-6 flight. Mission controllers could downlink live TV pictures of the cosmonaut in orbit. (NASM)

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Scans of Tereshkova’s flight journal with official commentary in English can be viewed at this Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation website.

Anatoly Zak is the editor of and the author of Russia in Space: The Past Explained, The Future Explored published by Apogee Prime this year.

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