25/3/20 – Valentina Tereshkova
Who is Valentina Tereshkova? – Let’s find out more!
Valentina Tereshkova was born on 6th March 1937 in a town called Maslennikovo, which is north-east of Moscow in Russia.
Valentina left school at the age of sixteen and began work in a textile factory, although she continued her education through a correspondence course.
Despite having no experience as a pilot, Valentina was allowed to join the program due to having successfully completing 126 parachute jumps.
At the age of 26, Valentina was the only woman who went into space from that particular program. She would pilot the Vostok 6 spacecraft.
On 16th June 1963, Valentina launched the Vostok 6. She spent almost three days in space and logged 70 hours orbiting the Earth 48 times, which is the same as 1,200,000miles.
Today Valentina works for the Russian government, promoting missions to space and female space travel.
Use: Facts – Valentina Tereshkova to find out more about her.
Writing a short recount, imagine that you are the first child going into space on a solo mission.
How would you feel if you are the first child to go into space?
Who would be your inspiration for going into space?
What would you want to see?
When would you go?
Where would you like to go?
Why would you want to travel into space?
How would you feel about going into space on your own?
Tell us all about your amazing mission into space!
Extension – Use the blog to share your space mission with Year 2 friends!