First woman in space offers to take one-way trip to Mars

First woman in space offers to take one-way trip to Mars

Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to go into space when she made a solo space flight in 1963 at the age of 26.

Now, at the age of 76, she has said that she still dreams of flying to Mars - and would gladly make the trip, even if she could never return to Earth.

The Daily Mail reports that Ms Tereshkova has been part of a group who had studied the possibility of travelling to Mars 50 years ago.

Speaking at a news conference, she said: "We know the human limits. And for us this remains a dream. Most likely the first flight will be one way. But I am ready."

NASA has no plans to send astronauts to Mars for around 20 years; there are hopes that a crew will be sent to orbit the planet by the mid-2030s. However, the private company Inspiration Mars hopes to send two people on a fly-by trip of Marsh in 2018, on a 501-day round trip.

News.com reports that Russia will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ms Tereshkova's flight on June 16th. During her historic three-day mission, she orbited earth 48 times and set a new record by completing the most orbits in the shortest recorded period of time.

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"The Australian Outback is effortlessly crazily beautiful."
"The effortless natural art of the southern Sahara."
​"The beautiful and violent ugliness inside a naked volcano. Chad, Africa."
"Beijing just after sunset. I'm still trying to spot the Great Wall, but it's hard as it's narrow and dun-colored."
"A heraldic Spring dragon of ice roars rampant off the coast of Newfoundland."
"Canada rocks."
"Dr. Seuss-inspired swirls in the Black Sea."
"Little farmers, big farmers and nature, in Turkey."
"Big storm swirling off the Irish coast on 9th May."
"A sunny day in Scotland"
"To some this may look like a sunset. But it's a new dawn."
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