Once you’ve been in space, you appreciate how small and fragile the Earth is.
If women can be railroad workers in Russia, why can’t they fly in space?
Anyone who has spent any time in space will love it for the rest of their lives. I achieved my childhood dream of the sky.
I believe that a woman should always remain a woman and nothing feminine should be alien to her. At the same time, I strongly feel that no work done by a woman in the field of science or culture or whatever, however vigorous or demanding, can enter into conflict with her ancient ‘wonderful mission’ — to love, to be loved — and with her craving for the bliss of motherhood.
I see the horizon. A light blue, a beautiful band. This is the Earth. How beautiful it is! All goes well.
It [the Earth] was breathtakingly beautiful, like something out of a fairy tale. There is no way to describe the joy of seeing the Earth. It is blue, and more beautiful than any other planet.
I would not say that female cosmonauts are not welcomed in the Russian space program. I must say, however, that all spaceflight hardware, including spacesuits and spacecraft comfort assuring systems, were designed mostly by men and for men.
Again the pressure pushes me in the chair, shuts my eyes. I notice the dark red tongues of the flame outside the windows. I’m trying to memorize, fix all the feelings, the peculiarities of this descending, to tell those, who will be conquering space after me.
Russia is still the leader in world space exploration. But its position of leader involves great responsibility – we have no right to lag behind. We can and we must move constantly forward.
They forbade me from flying, despite all my protests and arguments. After being once in space, I was desperately keen to go back there. But it didn’t happen.
I felt fine after 24 hours and asked the state commission to prolong my stay in space to three days. And I carried out the entire schedule. Could I have done that if I had been half-dead?
The ideals of the party were close to me, and I have tried to adhere to those principles all my life. In essence, they are the same as in the Ten Commandments in the Bible. I will never change my convictions
I am convinced that the modular structure of the Mir will be the main trend in manned orbital stations development in the next century
To tell her that I joined the parachute club was too hard for me. I didn’t want to trouble her; besides, I was not completely sure about the success of my new adventure.