Valentina Tereshkova, now a lawmaker for Russia's ruling party, blasted off in a Vostok-6 spaceship 50 years ago on Sunday, two years after Yuri Gagarin's historic first manned flight in 1961.
76-year-old remains the only woman to have ever made a solo flight in
space. "The importance of this event is impossible to overestimate in
the history of Russian and world space travel," Russian Prime Minister
Dmitry Medvedev said in a congratulatory message to Tereshkova.
television celebrated by running documentaries about Ms Tereshkova's
life while the former cosmonaut herself spent the day commemorating a
new space museum in her native region of Yaroslavl.