Authentic Signed Helen Sharman Photos, Frames, Mounts and Displays
Dr Helen Patricia Sharman is a British chemist who became the first Briton in space and the first woman to visit the Mir space station in 1991. After responding to a radio advertisement asking for applicants to be the first British astronaut, Helen Sharman was selected. The programme known as Project JUNO was a cooperative arrangement between the Soviet Union and British Companies. Before flying, Sharman spent 18 months in intensive flight training in Star City. The Soyuz TM-12 mission, which included Soviet cosmonauts Anatoly Artsebarsky and Sergei Krikalev, launched on 18 May 1991 and lasted eight days, most of that time spent at the Mir space station. Sharman's tasks included medical and agricultural tests, photographing the British Isles, and participating in an unlicenced amateur radio hookup with British schoolchildren. She landed aboard Soyuz TM-11 on 26 May 1991, along with Viktor Afanasyev and Musa Manarov. Sharman was just 27 years and 11 months old when she went into space, making her (as of 2015) the sixth youngest of the 545 individuals who have flown in space.