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Dr Craig Venter at the Science Museum

A glimpse of how big data can make healthcare more proactive, preventative and predictive was given by the world’s best-known biotechnology entrepreneur, Dr. Craig Venter, last night at the Science Museum’s Director’s Annual Dinner. Dr. Venter, who flew to the Museum from his home La Jolla and returns to Washington today, is the recipient from President Obama of the National Medal of Science, the highest honour awarded to scientists by the US government. Dr. Venter recently set up Human Longevity […]

Helen Sharman, the first Briton in space, reflects on her mission to the Mir space station 25 years ago. You can visit Helen’s website here. Space missions capture the imagination. They turn people on to science. They broaden our horizons too. I can hardly believe that it has been 25 years since I played my small part in this great adventure, the next phase of human exploration. My journey into space began in 1989 after I had answered an advertisement […]

SOKOL space suit worn by Helen Sharman in 1991, manufactured by 'Zvezda'.

During the preparations for our landmark exhibition, Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age, we reunited Britain’s first astronaut, Helen Sharman, with her spacesuit around a quarter of a century after she first wore it for her pioneering mission to the Mir space station. Helen’s journey began in 1989 when she, then a food technologist, answered an advertisement that she had heard on her car radio:  “Astronaut wanted. No experience necessary.” With Timothy Mace, she was eventually selected from over 13,000 […]