Moon Man… Or Woman?
What do you get when you lock 6 female, Russian cosmonauts in a mock spaceship for over a week? The answer: an experiment further drawing attention to Russia’s growing interesting a lunar landing. The Russian Federal Space Agency announced that a mission to the moon is planned for 2029. And as part of that effort, a crew of 6 Russian women just emerged from an 8-day mock spaceflight, the first test of its kind featuring an all-female crew. Each of the six volunteer scientists has a background in medicine or biophysics. They performed over 30 experiments during the simulated flight, and dealt with curveballs including bad weather simulations that delayed their “re-entry” by a day. Russia is taking a page from its own history books. The first woman in space was from the Soviet Union. Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshlova spent almost 3 days in orbit in 1963, at the height of the US-Soviet space race.
Of course, the Unites States put the first humans on the moon. July 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface as the dramatic moment beamed live around the world. The mission is still referred to as one of mankind’s greatest technological achievements.
The Smithsonian’s Dr. Roger Launius, formerly NASA’s chief historian, paints a picture of Apollo 11’s extraordinary crew, and tells the story behind those famous words etched in the history books.
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