Let’s talk about space, baby. No, not the space your lame boyfriend asks for in 11th grade, actual space. Like beyond this world.
Both terrifying and beautiful, far away and dangerous. So naturally Valentina Tereshkova thought, “I'm gonna go up there and OWN THIS OPPORTUNITY.”
Born to humble beginnings, Valentina had to drop out of school at 16 to help with the bills, but remained dedicated to her education and continued via letters. Imagine trying to keep up in school by snail mail; that's what I thought. Go write your paper bc your life is easier and you get to go to real school.
She was also an avid skydiver, which was a main reason the Soviet Space program selected her, because the 60s were weird.
After her mission she got married, started a family, remained a pretty cool chick, and got to carry her country’s Olympic flag in 2014. They let you do stuff like that when you risk life and limb to go on space missions.