Britain's First Woman In Space Helen Sharman Reunited With Russian Cosmonauts

Posted: May 21 2016, 1:14am CDT | by , Updated: May 21 2016, 1:15am CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Britain's First Woman in Space Helen Sharman Reunited with Russian Cosmonauts
MAY 20: British astronaut Helen Sharman (2nd-L) poses with her crew from the Soyuz TM-11 mission Sergei Krikalev (L), Anatoli Artsebarski (R) and their commander Viktor Afanasyev at an event to mark 25 years since her space mission hosted by the Science Museum on May 20, 2016 in London, England. Ms Sharman became the first Briton into space and the first female astronaut to visit the Mir space station in 1991, as part of Project Juno, a UK-Soviet cooperative programme. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Gett

The first British woman in space was reunited on Friday with her Russian crewmates on the space flight which took place 25 years ago.

Helen Sharman became only the 12th woman to fly into space when she took part in the flight in the Soyuz TM12 spacecraft which blasted off from Kazakhstan, Xinhua reported.

Her two fellow crewmates were Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Artsebarsky and Sergei Krikalev and their flight docked with the Mir space station on May 20, 1991.

The team spent six days on the orbiting space station, carrying out scientific experiments. All three were reunited on Friday at London's Science Museum.

Sharman, who was chosen for the flight from among 13,000 applicants, is now the operations manager in the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College, a leading science university in London.

Krikalev is a veteran astronaut, having spent 803 days in total in space, the second highest total for any human.

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