Valentina Kerman

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Valentina Kerman
Valentina Kerman artwork.jpg
Occupation: Kerbonaut
Specialisation
Other occupations: Pilot
KSC ID#: Unknown
Courage
Stupidity
Badass ✓ Yes
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Valentina Kerman is the first official female kerbal and the first new kerbal on the initial roster after the original three. She is a pilot and has the "badass" flag. In common with other female kerbals (aka Kerbalinas), she has a smaller head than the men, wears a bun and has eyelashes. She can be seen floating in front of Kerbin on the Start Game menu (identified by the 1.0 readme file).

Inspiration

In real life, the first woman in space was Valentina Tereshkova (Russian: Валентина Терешкова) and Valentina's name and as the first female Kerbal, is a nod to her.[1]

At age 26, Tereshkova flew aboard Vostok 6 from the USSR on 16 June 1963, logging a then-record 48 orbits within three days. For 19 years, she also remained the only woman to have flown in space. Since she was only honorarily inducted into the Soviet air force in order to join the cosmonaut corps, she was also the first civilian to fly in space.

In 2013, at age 76, she said she was willing to take a one-way trip to Mars.

References

  1. Answer from @KerbalSpaceP on Twitter