Tereshkova’s Mission

Welcome to Tereshkova's Mission

Tereshkova’s Mission

The theme of EIJ 2016 is Our Changing World, to keep with this theme each of the subcamps has been named after an iconic person who lived in the last 100 or so years.

Our subcamp is named after the iconic Russian Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, check out who she is and why she is famous below.

Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova is the first woman to have flown in space, having been selected from more than four hundred applicants and five finalists to pilot Vostok 6 on 16 June 1963. In order to join the Cosmonaut Corps, Tereshkova was honorarily inducted into the Soviet Air Force and thus she also became the first civilian to fly in space.

Before her recruitment as a cosmonaut, Tereshkova was a textile-factory assembly worker and an amateur skydiver. After the dissolution of the first group of female cosmonauts in 1969, she became a prominent member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, holding various political offices. She remained politically active following the collapse of the Soviet Union and is still regarded as a hero in post-SovietRussia.

In 2013, she offered to go on a one-way trip to Mars if the opportunity arose. At the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, she was a carrier of the Olympic flag.

Our Theme: The theme of our subcamp is Space, this is very exciting as there are so many areas we can look at from Moon landings, to Aliens and even Star Wars or Doctor Who. In fact our main challenge will be narrowing down which parts of the space theme we should focus on!

With the new film just out you can expect to see lots of Star Wars stuff, we will also be taking you through the history of space exploration, from the first unmanned rockets through to the moon landings and shuttle missions.