19th Days of Spaceflight, Neubrandenburg / Germany
September 20 - 21, 2003
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first woman in
Three of five Soviet female cosmonaut candidates at the launch pad in Baikonur.
Left to right: Valentina Ponomaryova, Irina Solovyova, Valentina Tereshkova.
Left in the background: rocket designer Sergei Korolev.
Valentina Ponomaryova (backup of Valentina Tereshkova, Vostok 6) speaks about her career,
the selection and training of the first Soviet women cosmonauts, and women in space in general.
She was very happy about all the attention paid to her, and was friendly signing everything the autograph collector presented to her.
Valentina Ponomaryova in space suit.
More lectures were about the BIRD fire detection satellite
system, near Earth asteroids, anecdotes from space,
the Galileo satellite navigation system, and the EAC space trainee program.