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You’d think more than a year after this interaction, people would learn to stop asking female cosmonauts sexist questions. And yet, here we are. Russia is sending an all-female group into a space simulation — and not only were they just asked how they’d get by without makeup, but what they’d do without men. They shut it down just as quickly.

Valentina Tereshkova (b. 1937) is a Russian cosmonaut, the first woman to have flown in space. She achieved this on 16 June 1963, when she was launched into space aboard the Vostok 6 spacecraft.

She was part of a group of five, called the female cosmonaut corps, recruited specifically for the purpose. She spent three days on her flight, during which time she orbited Earth 48 times. She also obtained a degree from Zhukovsky Air Force Academy as a cosmonaut engineer.

In the ISS (International Space Station)

America *Writing*: It’s just mostly me and Russia up here… We seem to do all the work. I don’t mind that. I’ve been hitching rides with the Russians for a while now. 

*Russia enters and passes America, who glances up briefly.*

America *Continues to write*: We’re trying to privatize the space companies to send more Americans up ourselves. Things are getting rocky with Russia again. They seem harder and harder to get along with….

Russia: Good morning, Al. Would you like anything to eat?

America *Outloud*: No thanks, big guy. *Back to writing* But we’ve always gotten along up here. I think we both know we need to, to survive. 

America: *Pauses, then finishes writing.* But maybe it’s more than that, sharing our passions, getting along. It’s… nice, anyways.