On June 19, 1963, the world's first woman-cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova landed in the fields of the Baevsky district. For many years she will be remembered as "The Seagull" - that was her radio call sign. The Bayevites put their memory of the meeting with The Seagull into artistic form more than twenty years later than the space "visit".
The six-meter composition with Tereshkova soaring "in zero gravity" was created by Altai masters - sculptor Yuri Akimov and architect Yuri Sinyaev. The stele "The Seagull" was taken out of the settlements, closer to the landing site. A woman in a spacesuit ascended over Baev's expanses in 1986.
Tereshkova told that the descent over the Altai Territory was unplanned only half a century later. A malfunction in automation, due to which Vostok-6 was almost carried off into space, was eliminated only on the third day of the flight. And instead of the expected landing in Kazakhstan, the device with the first woman-cosmonaut glided to the Altai Territory. This is how the residents of the Baevsky District saw the "Greatest Woman of the Twentieth Century" (this title was given to Valentina Tereshkova in 2000 by the British "Annual Assembly of Women"). Until now, she remains the only woman who has flown into space alone, and the only woman general in the Russian army.
A visit to "The Seagull" is an obligatory part of the wedding ceremonies of the Baevsky district. Tourists, resting on the Zavyalovskie lakes, and traveling along the route "The Big Golden Ring of Altai" turn to her.Photo prokopievfond.ru, timich.ru, vystavki.rgantd.ru, administration of the Baevsky district and from the archive of Altaytourtsentr.