Thursday, May 18, 2017
Helen Sharman, first Briton in space 1991
Dr. Helen Sharman, a food chemist for Mars Company in England, answered a radio advertisement to be the first British astronaut, no experience required.
Who knew being an astronaut was a walk-on job?
A mere 18 months after being selected, Sharman blasted off with fellow cosmonauts Anatoly Artsebarsky and Sergei Krikalev in Soyuz TM-12 May 18, 1991. She spent 8 days in space, conducting medical and agricultural experiments, taking pictures and talking on the radio to school children. She returned on Soyuz TM-11 with cosmonauts Viktor Afanasyev and Musa Manarov.