76-year-old Russian spacewoman ready for one-way trip to Mars

Elizabeth Dorton Contributor

Valentina Tereshkova, the first women to visit space, announced Friday that she would take a one-way ticket to Mars.

“Mars is my favorite planet,” she said during a press conference at the cosmonaut training center in Star City, Russia.

“Most likely the first flight will be one way,” Tershkova said. “But I am ready.”

Tereshkova’s first flew to space in 1963 at age 26. June 16 will serve as the 50th anniversary of her flight, a 3-day mission in which she circled the earth 48 times. This mission eventually became a major propaganda accomplishment for the Soviet Union.