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Vostok 6

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Mission:Vostok 6
Call sign:Chayka (Seagull)
Launch:June 16, 1963 09:29:52 UTC
Baikonur LC1
Landing:June 19, 1963 8:20 UTC
53° 16' North, 80° 27' East
Duration:2 days 22 hours 50 minutes

A joint flight with Vostok 5, Vostok 6 carried the first woman into space, cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova. This was largely a publicity exercise on the part of Soviet space programme director Sergei Korolev, but data was collected on the female body's reaction to spaceflight. The mission was originally conceived as being a joint mission with two Vostoks carrying female cosmonauts, but this changed as the Vostok programme was cut back

The re-entry capsule is now on display at the RKK Energia Museum[?] in Kaluga[?].

This was the final Vostok flight. Previous mission - Vostok 5

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