Meet Helen Sharman, Britain’s first astronaut!


NAME: Helen Sharman OBE FRSC

AGE: 54

MISSION: travel to the MIR space station and orbit Earth

Helen spent 6 days in space


How does it feel to be the first British person to go into space?

I felt very privileged to be given the opportunity and it made me really want to do a good job. I was so fortunate that I happened to be in the right place at the right time.


What was your favourite moment in space?

There’s so many, but one has to be when we docked onto the space station. That moment of floating inside, meeting the people who had been there for 6 months and seeing the joy on their faces- that has to be the best bit.


MIR Space Station


What did you eat in space?

It was Russian space food, so there was a lot of fish in tomato sauce, tubes of fruit juice, packets of coffee, tubes of cream cheese, packets of bread and soup. It was quite varied and gave us the energy that we needed.


What advice would you give to ADA readers if they wanted to pursue a career in the sciences?

Do what you love. Science is about so much more than what you study at school. Science allows you to ask questions about the world around you and I think that’s so important. Keep asking those questions!


Do you want to go back into space?

Yes. Who wouldn’t?


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