MOSCOW (AP) — On the 50th anniversary of becoming the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova has received a prestigious award from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Tereshkova’s three-day spaceflight in 1963 was another in a series of firsts that the Soviet Union racked up in the 1960s space race with the United States.
On Friday, the 76-year-old Tereshkova 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. The Russian leader awarded her the Order of Alexander Nevsky, recognizing outstanding public service.