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Nothing But The Facts About: Svetlana Savitskaya

written by: johnsinit•edited by: Jason C. Chavis•updated: 5/24/2010

In 1984 Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space. Below are some notable facts from her biography.

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    Svetlana Savitskaya became the second women in space and was the first woman to perform a spacewalk. She was a world aerobatic champion and is currently serving as a member in Russian parliament. Her complete biography can be found in our “Women in Space" series, but here is a list of facts about this notable woman.

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    Svetlana Savitskaya

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    Nothing But The Facts

    Full name: Svetlana Evgenyevna Savitskaya

    Famous for: First woman to walk in space, second woman is space

    Birth date: August, the 8th 1948

    Birth place: Moscow, Russia, USSR

    Father: Yevgeny Savitsky, aviation Marshal, WWII hero

    Mother: Lidia Savitskaya, housewife

    Family: brother Evgeny

    Attended space program: July, the 30th, 1980

    Pre-flight occupation: pilot, flight instructor, paratrooper (sport)

    Age at the first flight: 34

    Rank at the first flight: Lieutenant, Soviet Air Force

    First mission name/code: “Dnepr-3"

    First mission date: August, the 19th, 1982

    First mission vessel: Soyuz T-7, Soyuz T-5, Salyut-7 Orbital Station

    Number of missions: 2

    Second mission date: Jule, the 17th, 1984

    Second mission vessel: Soyuz T-12, Salyut-7 Orbital Station

    Total time in space: 19d, 17h, 06m

    Missions canceled: 2 (1985 – technical problems in Salyut-7 Orbital Station, 1986 - pregnancy)

    Space Exploration contribution: First woman to walk in space, scientific research

    Space roles: astronaut-researcher, engineer

    Post-flight career (space-related): space-flight instructor, second-in-command to 292 space group, space research team leader

    Education: M. Sc in Flight Engineering 1972, M. Sc. in Technical Engineering 1986

    Retired: 1993

    Retired Rank: Major, Soviet air force

    Post-Space career: member of Soviet government (1989-90), member of Russian parliament (Communist Party - KPRF, 1990-93, 1995-today)

    Marriage: Hatkovsky Victor

    Children: son Constantin, born November, the 7th, 1986

    Honors: Twice Hero of Soviet Union, 2 orders of Lenin, Order of Honor, numerous medals.

    Other achievements and positions: World aerobatic champion (1970), 23 records for aircraft speed, 3 records for parachute jumps

    Named after her: Asteroids Sveta 4118, Savitskaya 4303

Facts About Female Astronaut Pioneers

Over 50 women have visited space since Valentina Tereshkova made her first flight in 1963. Svetlana Savitskaya and Sally Ride joined this elite club from the Soviet Space Agency and NASA respectively. Learn the facts about these pioneers of space exploration.
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