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Helen Sharman

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 on my car […]

Lazutkin © Science Museum

The Science Museum had an exciting visit by Russian Cosmonaut Aleksandr Lazutkin on 13 November 2015. Lazutkin © Science Museum Aleksandr Lazutkin was a flight engineer on the 1997 Soyuz TM-25 mission to the Mir space station, where he spent a total of 184 days. During his time on Mir he experienced a power cut, a collision and a fire on the station. He was joined by space law and colonisation expert Dr Jill Stuart and philosopher Professor Angie Hobbs. They […]

It’s tricky getting to Mars. The voyage takes months, your spacecraft has to perform some delicate manoeuvres along the way and then – there is Mars itself! It has not been a welcoming world. Almost 50 missions have been launched to the red planet by a host of different nations and space agencies. Some 30 of these have failed or enjoyed only very limited success.

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