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Helen Sharman - Britain's First Astronaut

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Whitla Hall
Queen's University, Belfast
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Join scientist and astronaut Helen Sharman (OBE) for this inspirational talk, as she recounts her fascinating first hand experiences of journeying into space.

Helen was working as a chemist for a chocolate company when she heard a radio advert broadcasting a simple request: “Astronaut wanted, no experience necessary.” After 18 months of intensive training in Star City near Moscow, Helen became the first British person in Space in May 1991 when she launched on a Soyuz spacecraft to spend 8 days orbiting the Earth, most of that time on the MIR Space Station.

Helen will share insider knowledge of her mission to MIR, describing the meticulous training and preparation, the launch and landing, how weightlessness feels, what it is like living and working in space, the teamwork and team spirit, and adjusting to life back on Earth afterwards.

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