Russian astronaut and the world's first female to journey into space. She spent just under 3 days in the great beyond.
She was chosen from 400 people to be a part of an USSR expedition on the Vostok 6.
Like American Sally Ride, she was the first woman from her country to go to space.
She became interested in parachuting when she was a young girl, and trained in skydiving as part of the local AeroClub.
She married fellow astronaut Andrian Nikolayev in 1963.