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  • Writer's pictureMichael Laxer

Svetlana Savitskaya, Soviet Cosmonaut, first woman to perform a spacewalk July 25, 1984

Svetlana Savitskaya, Soviet cosmonaut (born August 8, 1948).

After an award winning career in aerobatics Savitskaya was the the second woman to go into space in August, 1982. She docked at the Soviet Salyut 7 space station making her the first woman to serve on a space station.

On July 25, 1984 she became the first woman to perform a spacewalk when she spent 3 hours 35 minutes outside Salyut 7 on a return visit.

Savitskaya, a dedicated Communist who fought to prevent the overthrow of socialism in the USSR, became a People's Deputy of the USSR in 1989 and has been elected as a Communist deputy to the Russian Duma since 1996.

To learn more about her and the Soviet space program generally see: The Soviet Space Program: A Review (


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