Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to travel into space. She remained in orbit for three days on her solo flight, undertaking physiological and psychological tests. Photo: SSPL/Getty Images
Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to travel into space. She remained in orbit for three days on her solo flight, undertaking physiological and psychological tests. Photo: SSPL/Getty Images

Women in space: for female astronauts and engineers, the push for gender equality on and off Earth isn’t rocket science

  • Women have played crucial roles in space flight, as mathematicians, engineers and astronauts
  • They have mostly taken second place to men, but the advent of space tourism could change that

Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to travel into space. She remained in orbit for three days on her solo flight, undertaking physiological and psychological tests. Photo: SSPL/Getty Images
Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to travel into space. She remained in orbit for three days on her solo flight, undertaking physiological and psychological tests. Photo: SSPL/Getty Images
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