Helen Sharman OBE | The Entertainment Consultancy

Helen Sharman became the first British astronaut in May 1991, when she launched on a Soyuz spacecraft to spend eight days orbiting the Earth, most of that time on the Mir Space Station. After the Soviet Space Agency reached an agreement with a company set up to manage the British Mission, Helen was one of two Britons selected for astronaut training out of almost 13,000 applicants. The Mission, named Project Juno, was a cooperative arrangement and would enable the UK to send one of its people into space for the first time.