Britain’s First Astronaut - Helen Sharman

26 October 2017
14:00 - 16:00
Nave
A picture of Helen Sharman, Britain
Join Britain’s first Astronaut, Helen Sharman OBE, for an inspiring talk about her time in space!

Helen, at the time a chemist for a chocolate company, was driving home from work when she heard an advertisement on her car radio: “Astronaut wanted: no experience necessary”. 13,000 people applied for the job and Helen didn’t think she stood a chance of being chosen. But she was exactly the right person - calm, practical, friendly, professional and a team player, with a background in science and an aptitude for languages.

She became the first Britain in space in May 1991, when she launched on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and spent eight days orbiting the Earth, living and working on the MIR Space Station. 

Discover Helen’s journey into space as she describes the meticulous training and preparation, learning Russian, the launch and landing, how weightlessness feels, her science experiments, the team spirit, and adjusting to life back on Earth.  

Awarded the OBE in 1993, Helen Sharman is a full-time scientist, a pioneer, STEM ambassador, a role model for young people (of all ages!) and an inspiration. 

Cost: £18 (£12 concessions).
Age: 12+
Book: norwichsciencefestival.co.uk