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Russia: All-female space crew emerge from moon mission experiment

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Russia: All-female space crew emerge from moon mission experiment

<p>It was ‘one small step for man…one giant leap for gender equality’ when a team of Russian women emerged <br /> from a mock spaceship in Moscow on Friday, after eight days of isolation.</p> <p>The six female volunteers – all with scientific or medical backgrounds – have been simulating a lunar flight, with <br /> Russia hoping to send a ‘manned’ mission to the Moon in 2029.</p> <p>But back in the here and now they have had to answer questions about coping without men, make-up and whether they got into any cat-fights.</p> <p>“There was no conflict,” said crew member Daria Komissarova. </p> <p>“And I would like to tell all those writing about us on social media – some were sceptical about our experiment,expecting us to fight with each other – that kind of situation didn’t occur.”</p> <p>Researchers though at Moscow’s Institute of Biomedical Problems were interested in the effects of confinement on an all-female crew in simulated space conditions.</p> <p>“Yesterday, we discussed that we had been living in isolation, in a separate world,” said crew member Polina Kuznetsova. </p> <p>“We could hardly imagine that we were in Moscow. We felt like we were, if not in space, definitely in some other place.”</p> <p>The first woman on Earth to fly into space was Russian Valentina Tereshkova in 1963.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CoolSpaceFacts?src=hash">#CoolSpaceFacts</a>: The First Woman In Space Was Russian her name was Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova <a href="http://t.co/A0dDqATpba">pic.twitter.com/A0dDqATpba</a></p>— Perth Observatory (@perthobs) <a href="https://twitter.com/perthobs/status/624059024800153600">23 Juillet 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>The first all-female flight to the moon would be an equally out of this world achievement.</p>