Helen Sharman GB1MIR became the United Kingdom’s first astronaut when she blasted off from Baikonur in Kazakhstan at 1250 GMT on May 18, 1991 on her way to the Mir space station
She won her place in space when in 1989 she answered as advertisement she heard on the car radio that said “Astronaut wanted. No experience necessary.”
Helen was selected from over 13,000 applicants to join the scientific space mission Project Juno.
She spent 8 days in space and operated Amateur Radio using her special call sign GB1MIR in the 2m band. While in space she carried out a range of experiments that included studying how weightlessness affects people, plants and the growth of crystals.
Watch a CNN video about her space flight
Helen recently attended the celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarins flight, see
A picture of Helen Sharman receiving the GB1MIR license from Richard Horton G3XWH can be seen at