Russia to send woman to space in 2014

Mar 06, 2013
Astronauts sit inside a training module in Star City on May 6, 2009. Russia will send a female cosmonaut into space for the first time in two decades next year, an official at the space training centre said Wednesday.

Russia will send a female cosmonaut into space for the first time in two decades next year, an official at the space training centre said Wednesday.

Yelena Serova, 36 and a professional cosmonaut, "is getting ready for a in the second half of 2014," said Alexei Temerov, an official at Russia's Star City space training centre.

Russia will this year celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first woman's trip to space. The feat was accomplished by Valentina Tereshkova on June 16, 1963, and was followed by that of another Soviet cosmonaut, Svetlana Savitskaya, who became the first woman to do a space walk.

But while regularly sends female astronauts to work at the (ISS), there has been only one Russian woman to fly to space since the early 1980s, Yelena Kondakova.

Kondakova spent five months in space on the since-retired Mir station in 1994-1995. She also travelled aboard the US Space Shuttle in 1997.

Yelena Serova will spend six months at the ISS, Temerov said.

"Her work programme at the ISS will not be anything extraordinary. It will be the usual research programme. A is not planned," he added.

A second woman currently in training, 28-year-old Anna Kikina, has joined the cosmonaut program after becoming one of eight people selected in last year's recruitment drive.

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grondilu
5 / 5 (5) Mar 07, 2013
Why should this matter in any way? It's kind of sexist to mention it. They send a cosmonaut who happens to be a woman. No big deal.
The Singularity
2.3 / 5 (3) Mar 07, 2013
Plus 1 . Probably a Russian point of view or a political points scoring exercise. Womens lib, power to the people type of bu****it.
VendicarE
not rated yet Mar 07, 2013
grondilu
not rated yet Mar 07, 2013
@VendicarE: I don't get your point. Last time I checked, Russia is not the only country where there are female pop music bands.
VendicarE
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The video's show that russian society is hardly "primitive" as Nutello claimed above.

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