The world's first woman in space, member of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Valentina Tereshkova was awarded the UNESCO Medal on Space Science, reports RIA Novosti.
"Astronautics is developing rapidly, the international cosmonaut corps is constantly replenishing its ranks, but you will always remain for us and our descendants as the very first woman in space. The one who stepped into the unknown and demonstrated by her example that there are no barriers to a brave woman," noted UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, presenting the award.
According to Tereshkova, "this medal is special."
"It's a great honor for us, UNESCO is an organization that does a great deal ... our country makes a big contribution to the work of UNESCO," the cosmonaut said.
Speaking about the current geopolitical situation, Tereshkova noted that "space brotherhood can serve as a good example for people, as in difficult situations it is necessary to find the right solutions."
"Perhaps we can also contribute to a better understanding between people. When we talk about our countries, about history, about culture, about ordinary people who make space history, it will benefit everyone," Tereshkova stressed.