Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to fly in space
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On Monday, NASA announced that eight new astronauts would be joining the U.S. space program. Of the eight new recruits, four are women—marking the first time NASA has selected an equal number of men and women for an incoming astronaut class. (See National Geographic's space-exploration time line.)
Headlines around the world have touted the gender parity.
It's "one giant leap for womankind," the Houston Business Journal proclaimed.
"Now that's what I'm talking about," tweeted a senior adviser to the President.
"One small step for woman," said the Daily Mail.