Valentina’s Day

Valentina’s Day, T-31, Celebrating #WomenInSpace

You are, hereby, cordially invited to celebrate
the First Annual Valentina’s Day
June 16, 2015.

Tereshkova, Valentina

Valentina Tereskhova, June 19, 1963.

June 16, marks the 52nd anniversary of the first woman in space. In 1963, Valentina Tereshkova, a 26-year old cosmonaut, ventured into space aboard Vostok 6 where she logged 48 orbits over a span of nearly three days. A women  joined the space race that day.

It then took 19 years before another woman, Svetlana Yevgenyevna Savitskaya, followed Valentina to outer space. And since November 2013, 58 women have flown in space, compared to 478 men. If you’re doing the math, that’s less than 11%.

Yes, I know it’s sad, but women are out there, hard at work balancing the equation for themselves in space and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). It just takes time. So in the meantime, let’s celebrate the women who have already blazed the trail with rocket fuel.

Over the next 31 days, I’ll be highlighting women who have made it off of the planet, and some who haven’t. I hope to broaden the visibility of these incredible women and mark a day to honor their accomplishments in space, as Yuri’s Night commemorates the first (hu)man in space.

So how will you be celebrating Valentina’s Day? Perhaps something special in your classroom, a gathering with the #WomanAstro(s) in your life, an evening gazing through your telescope, spotting the ISS as it passes overhead, or…

Please let me know and let’s get the word out.

With that being said, have you heard of the Mercury 13? They never went to space, though some are still trying.

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