First woman to walk in space – Svetlana Savitskaya

First woman to walk in space - Svetlana Savitskaya

On July 25, 1984, Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space. Launched on 19 April 1982, Salyut 7 (English: Salute 7) was a space station in low Earth orbit from April 1982 to February 1991. It was aloft for eight years and ten months (a record not broken until Mir), during which time it was visited by 10 crews constituting six main expeditions and four secondary flights (including French and Indian cosmonauts).

On July 25, 1984, cosmonauts Svetlana Savitskaya and Vladimir Dzhanibekov tested one of the most important repair methods ever, welding and brazing metal samples in the vacuum of space. The experiment worked, the system was proven and Savitskaya, in the process, became the first woman to walk in space. She was also the second woman in space since 1963, when Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova launched on the Vostok 6 mission on June 16, 1963.

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