Helen Sharman

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Helen Patricia Sharman OBE (born 30 May 1963) is a British chemist. She was the first Briton in space, visiting the Mir space station aboard Soyuz TM-12 in 1991.


  • There is very little difference between men and women in space.
    • Independent on Sunday, 9 June 1991


  • Once the press learnt of her success, she was called 'the girl from Mars'.
    • She worked for Mars the sweet manufacturer.
    • Women in Space: Following Valentina by David Shayler, Ian A. Moule, pub. Springer, ISBN 1852337443, p.315

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