Our space program actually started back with Chuck Yeager and the rest of the test pilot boys who first flew the X-1. But do you remember who really won? I remember, I was 14 back then in October of 1957 when the Soviets launched Sputnik I. How many of you remember that? Then later they made news with Mutt-Nick; the one with the dog.
OK, now that I got your memory working let's see if you can answer this question. Who was the first women in space? Do you remember? I bet you don't unless you look it up. I also bet some of you answered that it was Sally Ride. Yes, she was the first U.S. women to go aloft into space but not the first women. And no it wasn't Jacky Gleason's wife on the "Honey Mooners" TV show when he threatened his wife Alice by waving his fist and saying "to the moon".
Sally Rice went into space on June 24, 1983 but she was not the first. The Soviets beat us there, too. They put a women, Valentrina Tereshkova, into space on Vostak 6 twenty years before Sally took her ride. Now you all have a great day here on Earth, you hear?