Russia's history of female cosmonauts
Host Kim Brown talks with Cathleen Lewis, curator of space history at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.
Russia is getting ready to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first female cosmonaut going into space. Lewis talks about the time period when Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to go into space, when both the American and Russian space programs recruited from test pilots and military pilots but chose males exclusively. After a public discussion as to why female Russian fighter pilots weren't being chosen, though they were perfectly capable, Tereshkova became the first woman in the Russian space program. Russia is planning to send another female cosmonaut, Yelena Serova, into space in 2014.