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Helen Sharman celebrates 25 years since she became the first UK astronaut at the Science Museum – Saturday 21st May 2016

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Helen Sharman faced the media as part of the celebrations to mark 25 years since her historic mission, Helen was reunited with her Sokol space suit for the anniversary of her mission launch on 18 May 1991.

With British astronaut, Tim Peake circling the earth in the Space Station at this time, it is an appropriate time  to celebrate the first British astronaut who spent 8 days in space in 1991.

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Helen’s remarkable story began when she responded to a radio advertisement asking for applicants to be the first British astronaut. She was selected ahead of nearly 13,000 other applicants after a rigorous selection process which tested scientific, educational and aerospace knowledge as well as the ability to learn a foreign language.

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Before her historic flight, 27 years old Sharman spent 18 months in intensive flight training at the famous cosmonaut training complex at Star City in Russia. The Soyuz TM-12 mission included well-known Soviet cosmonauts Anatoly Artsebarsky and Sergei Krikalev and lasted 8 days mostly spent on the Mir space station. On this mission, Helen became the first British astronaut and the first woman to visit the Mir space station.

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One of the highlights of the celebrations of the mission will be when Helen Sharman and fellow European astronauts will join MC Roger Highfield in the Science Museum’s IMAX Theatre to discuss their experiences in orbit and future predictions for space exploration. There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience. This is a public ticketed event and is a rare opportunity to understand the role that European astronauts have played in Space missions.

For more information or book tickets, visit the Science Museum website here

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