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The First Woman In Space Turns 80, And You Probably Never Heard Of Her

“Her flight into space, at age 26, is still the record for youngest female astronaut/cosmonaut. Aboard Vostok 6, her rendezvous with Vostok 5 cosmonaut Valery Bykovsky made them the first cosmonauts aboard different vessels to communicate in space. In cosmonaut history, only Yuri Gagarin and Alexey Leonov are more revered.”

Sally Ride was the first American woman in space, launched aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1983 amidst controversy. At 32, she was the youngest astronaut in history, surrounded by questions such as “will it ruin her reproductive organs,” “what if she’s menstruating” and “will she weep if something goes wrong on the job?” But 20 years prior, cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova proved that women had every bit as much mettle and ability as the men. Tereshkova’s 1963 flight – which she piloted, orbited Earth 48 times in, and even had the first spacecraft-to-spacecraft communication in – demonstrated that women could withstand and function in space just as well as men. She was only 26 at the time, still a global record for women in space. Her incredible life in the military, in politics and as an ambassador for space exploration continues to this day, on which she celebrates her 80th birthday.

Come get the whole story – as much as fits in 200 words – on Valentina Tereshkova as part of today’s Mostly Mute Monday.

Часы Восток 5-ЧМ «Командирские» судовые. Музей Рахми Коча в Стамбуле. Фото Ian Boys.

Soviet submarine clock Vostok 5-ChM. Rahmi M. Koç Museum in Istanbul. Photo by Ian Boys.

anonymous asked:

Who did the first space shit?

First of all this is one of the best questions I have ever gotten on this blog (second only to Build a Black Hole Pole 2K15, which some of you may have been here for…). I commend you for asking the important questions. 

One bold internet user, like you, was troubled by this question, too. This forum post references a few books that I don’t have access to: 

We know Al Shepard was the first man to urinate in his space suit (if Gagarin had done it, would he have “Yury-nated”?) (Sorry!).

We know Buzz Aldrin was the first man to take a whizz on the Moon. And we know about John Young’s discovery of methane on the Lunar Surface as well.

I read in “Leap Of Faith” that Gordon Cooper was Outer Space’s first Pooper and accepted it as true until I read “Sputnik And The Soviet Space Challenge” by Asif A. Siddiqi. On page three hundred sixty-something he states that Valery Bykovsky, on Vostok 5, did the Dirty Deed. (There’s nothing in the book about if he blamed Laika)

Apparently Alan Shepard was the first to present NASA with the problem of evacuation when he radioed “Man, I gotta pee” to mission control (I sincerely hope that’s a verbatim quote). This led to some crude solutions when longer space missions became an option, and eventually to the space toilets used today (details at the link for anyone interested). 

It’s likely that Shepard had to answer nature’s call because zero gravity redistributes all the fluid in our mushy waterbag bodies. When the kidneys register this change, the urge to relieve yourself comes on within two hours of leaving Earth. 

Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, was up there for 1 hour and 48 minutes, or roughly the interval at which the characters in Lost had to reset that damn clock. Now, I’m just speculating, but it is entirely possible that the man felt the urge and just accepted it with grim determination. But without any confirmation, I suppose our answer lies above.