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Valentina Tereshkova - First Woman In Space



Valentina Tereshkova - First Woman In Space
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.67

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     challenging words:    Chaika, cosmonaut, reentered, spacecraft, atmosphere, winning, satellite, outer, dominance, educational, launched, multiple, running, extensive, volunteer, flight
     content words:    Soviet Union, Space Race, Yuri Gagarin, Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova, By May, Valentina Tereshkova, Andrian Nilolayev, Technical Science


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Valentina Tereshkova - First Woman In Space
By Jane Runyon
  

1     The Soviet Union was winning the Space Race. They had launched the first artificial satellite into space. They had launched the first dog, Laika, into space. They had launched the first man into space, Yuri Gagarin. Their next goal was to put a woman into space for multiple orbits of Earth.
 
2     Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova was a factory worker in the Soviet Union. Her father had been a tractor driver. Her mother worked in a factory. Valentina had not finished school. She had gone to work in a factory herself. She took educational courses when she could by mail.
 
3     Valentina had a talent that the Soviet space program was interested in. She was an expert in parachuting. In 1961, Valentina decided to volunteer for the space project. She wrote a letter to the scientists running the program. She was accepted into the program. Her training began in December of 1961.

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