The First Women Trained To Conquer Space

It wasn't long after Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space that the Soviets began considering women as cosmonauts. To be precise, it was Nikolai Kamanin, the manager of the Star City space squad, who pushed the idea in 1961. Soviet bigwigs were enthusiastic, as it was another opportunity to be "first," ahead of the US. America already had a squad of women ready to become astronauts, called the Mercury 13. But that was a privately-funded experiment, and NASA never seriously considered...

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