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Working in space with Britain’s first astronaut

Event schedule details

Sunday 30 June

14.00-14.45

Event location details

Flett Lecture Theatre

Natural History Museum

Selected from 13,000 applicants, Helen Sharman, CMG, OBE, became the first British Astronaut when, in May 1991, she launched on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and spent eight days orbiting the Earth, living and working on the MIR Space Station. Helen’s talk will take you on a journey into space, describing her training and preparation, the realities of launch day, how weightlessness feels and just what it is like living and working in space.

Teamwork is vital 100 miles up and Helen will give a personal perspective on this, as well as some thoughts on the future of space exploration. With plenty of photographs taken from her pioneering trip, join her and enjoy the ride!

This is part of our ‘Great Expeditions’ talks series. Take a look at the other talks in this series.


This event is free but booking is available to guarantee a place. Booking will open in June.

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Event categories

  • Adults
  • Talk