• A Russian woman cosmonaut may fly to the International Space Station in 2013.

  • Cosmonaut  Yelena Serova, the first woman cosmonaut of the post-Soviet era, should be trained and prepared for a flight lasting up to 170 days. 

  • The world's first woman cosmonaut, Soviet citizen Valentina Tereshkova, flew into space on board the Vostok 6 June 16, 1963.      

  • The second woman in space, Svetlana Savitskaya, also from the Soviet Union, blasted off 19 years later in 1982

  • A total of 31 women have already visited the ISS.