Helen Sharman

First British Person and Western European Woman in Space & First Woman to Visit the Mir Space Station

Helen Sharman is a Chemist and Astronaut who achieved fame as the first British astronaut to visit the Mir Space Station in 1991. She was selected from over 13,000 applicants to join the Soviet Union's Project Juno, a cooperative venture between the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom. After graduating with a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield, Helen continued her studies at Birkbeck, the University of London and obtained a PhD in Chemistry. Helen’s journey into space began in 1989 when she responded to a radio advertisement asking for volunteers to join a mission to the Soviet space station Mir. In May 1991, she became the first British astronaut to visit the Mir Space Station. She spent eight days at the station and conducted a variety of experiments, including measurements of the Earth’s atmosphere, medical and agricultural tasks.

After her journey into space, Helen returned to the United Kingdom and was awarded an OBE for her contributions to science and space exploration. Her autobiography Seize The Moment has since been released, and Helen has also authored the book The Space Place – a children’s story book. Helen has also been sought after to present radio and TV programmes for BBC Schools, as well acting as Operations Manager of Chemistry at Imperial College London. In recognition of her commitments to the industry, Helen has been appointed CMG, been awarded the Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals of the Royal Aero Club and been named an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the British Science Association.

Helen Sharman is an inspirational speaker and a role model to many. Her story of becoming the first British astronaut to visit the Mir Space Station is one of determination and courage. She has achieved great things in her career and has used her platform to promote science and space exploration. Her captivating speeches and inspiring words have touched the hearts of many, and will continue to do so for years to come. Breaking stereotypes and making history as the first British person in space, don’t hesitate in hiring Helen Sharman this International Women’s Day.

Helen Sharman is available to hire via The Female Motivational Speakers Agency: https://www.female-motivational-speakers.com/speaker/helen-sharman

Topics include:

• Training and Preparation for Space
• Launch
• The Effect of Microgravity
• Living and Working in Space
• Teamwork
• Adjusting to Life Back on Earth

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