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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/05/2015

What about floss?

LONDON, U.K. — If you’re heading into space, there are probably a few essentials you don’t want to forget — including a toothbrush. That’s what happened to Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, when she headed into orbit in 1963, according to the Telegraph. “Unfortunately, it is a fact,” said Tereshkova, speaking at an event in London recently. “But I’m very resourceful, as any woman would be. I had my toothpaste and I had my hand and I had water.” More importantly, the cosmonaut also realized her spacecraft — the Vostok 6 — had an error in the control program that meant it would travel away from earth on the way home, instead of descending. “The spacecraft was orientated to ascend not descend,” she said. “I would have gone up and up instead of going back down to the ground. I reported back to ground control and they corrected it.” Soviet spaceship designer Sergey Korolev asked Tereshkova to keep the error a secret for decades. “I asked them not to punish the engineer who had made the error because he was going to be punished. Sergey Korolev said that he wouldn’t as long as I didn’t tell anyone,” she said. “I kept that secret for 30 years.”