Russia Marks 50th Anniversary Of First Woman In Space

MOSCOW (June 14, 2013)--The first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova, received a prestigious award from Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday as the country marked the 50th anniversary of her pioneering three-day spaceflight.

Tereshkova's spaceflight in 1963 was another in a series of firsts that the Soviet Union racked up in the space race with the United States in the early 1960s.

On Friday, Tereshkova, 76, placed flowers at the monument in Moscow to Yuri Gagarin, the first man to orbit the Earth.

Tereshkova was then driven in a Soviet-era Chaika limousine to Putin's residence in suburban Moscow where the Russian leader awarded her the Order of Alexander Nevsky, recognizing outstanding public service.

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