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First Female Cosmonaut On The ISS Slams Reporters For Asking About Her Hair

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

The first female Russian cosmonaut to travel to the International Space Station snapped at reporters this week for being too focused on her hair style.

At a prelaunch press conference, reporters asked Yelena Serova, 38, how she manages to keep her hairstyle while in space and how she will maintain her relationship with her 11-year-old daughter while on the ISS.

"Can I ask a question - aren't you interested in the hairstyles of my colleagues?" Serova asked the reporter.

"My flight is my job,” Serova said, changing the subject. "I'll be the first Russian woman who will fly to the ISS. I feel a huge responsibility towards the people who taught and trained us and I want to tell them: we won't let you down!"

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Serova, who spent seven years in training for space flight, is Russia's fourth woman in space and the first in 17 years.

She has previously spoken about the lack of women entering Russia’s space program, Roscosmos.

“We can now say without any doubt that compared to previous years, fewer women are even applying for the (cosmonauts) group,” Serova said in 2012.

The former head of Roscosmos, Anatoly Perminov, once joked that having females on board a spacecraft is bad luck, The Independent reported.

Sources: Daily Life, New York Daily News, The Independent

Image credit: NASA