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The Guardian Erases Helen Sharman From History In The Race To Praise Tim Peake, The ‘First Brit In Space’

by | 11th, March 2014

THE Observer salutes Tim Peake, “the First Brit in space”.

 

brits in space

 

Only, he isn’t.

The first Briton in space was Helen Sharman. In 1989, she won a contest to make the amazing trip. All other finalists in the search for a British astronaut were men.

 

The final four candidates to be the first Britain into space in the Juno Space Mission in Russia. From top left, clockwise: Clive Smith, Major Timothy Mace, Gordon Brooks and Helen Sharman.

 

Helen, a research technologist for Mars Confectionary, headed to Moscow.

 

Britain's first astronaut Helen Sharman and her colleague Major Tim Mace arrive at Heathrow Airport from Moscow, Date: 07/06/1991

 

On May 18 1991, Helen Sharman became the first Briton into Space.

She was made an MBE.

 

Helen Sharman, 27, from Surbiton, Surrey, who will blast-off aboard a Soyuz rocket with a crew of Russian cosmonauts as part of the Anglo-Soviet Juno Mission. Her selection was announced at a news conference in London. Date: 22/09/1991 Helen Sharman, 27, from Surbiton, Surrey, who will blast-off aboard a Soyuz rocket with a crew of Russian cosmonauts as part of the Anglo-Soviet Juno Mission. Her selection was announced at a

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