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    Vienna, 31 May 2013

    You are cordially invited to attend the following events on the occasion of

    50 Years of Women in Space


    Thursday 13 June 2013

    The Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) marks the 50 th anniversary of women in space in June 2013. Valentina Tereshkova of the Russian Federation was the first woman to fly into outer space on 16 June 1963, and will be joining the celebrations in Vienna. Space Tours will be available at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) between 12 and 21 June daily at 12.30 and 3.30 pm. The UN Postal Administration issues special stamps on the subject that will be presented at the Rotunda of the VIC, which will also host a space exhibit.

    Public Panel Discussion with women astronauts and cosmonauts, 13 June, 7-9 pm, Natural History Museum Vienna, Entrance Hall

    The first women in space, Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, and other inspiring women astronauts will share their experiences in human space flight.

    Speakers: Valentina Tereshkova (Russian Federation), Roberta Bondar (Canada), Janet L. Kavandi (USA), Chiaki Mukai  (Japan), Helen Sharman (UK) (TBC), Liu Yang (China).

    Welcome remarks: Christian Köberl, Director-General, Natural History Museum Vienna; Mazlan Othman, Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

    Moderator: Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, President of the Executive Board, Association of Space Explorers

    The discussion will be in English.

    More information is available on

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    For more information please contact:

    Romana Kofler
    United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
    Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-4962
    Email: romana.kofler[at]