HELEN SHARMAN: THE FIRST BRITON IN SPACE

Helen Sharman is a pioneer, a role model for young people (of all ages!), and a truly inspirational speaker. She became the first British Astronaut when, in May 1991, she launched on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and spent 8 days orbiting the Earth, living and working on the MIR Space Station*. 

(*In the modern Russian language, “mir” can be translated as “peace” or “world”.)

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She was selected from over 13,000 applicants but didn’t think she stood a chance of being chosen when she applied, after hearing an advert on the radio on her way home after work. Two people were chosen for the rigorous training but only one – Helen – went into Space.

Helen was exactly the right person - calm, practical, friendly, professional and a team player. 

A superb speaker, Helen will speak at The Good Life Experience 2019 about Space, STEM and the wonders of science. She will speak on the meticulous training and preparation, learning Russian, launch and landing, how weightlessness feels, her science experiments, the team spirit, and readjusting to life on Earth.  

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Helen was awarded the OBE in 1993. In the New Year Honours List of 2018, she was further awarded a rare and special honour, being made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for services to Science and Technology Educational Outreach. 

She received the CMG from Her Majesty The Queen at Windsor Castle in February 2018. 

In his Foreword to Helen’s autobiography Seize The Moment, Arthur C Clarke writes “Her account of the hours before the launch and the actual sensations during ascent into orbit is so gripping that any reader will feel a vicarious involvement. This is exactly what it must be like”.

Tom Cronk