Helen Sharman is the first British Astronaut. In May 1991, she launched on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and spent 8 days orbiting the Earth, living and working on the MIR Space Station, with two Russian cosmonauts. Selected from over 13,000 applicants who responded to an advert on the radio, Helen did not think she stood a chance of being chosen. But she was exactly the right type of person - calm, practical, friendly, professional and a team player. Two people were chosen for training but only one – Helen – went into Space. Helen was awarded the OBE in 1993 and was further awarded a rare and special honour in 2018 from Her Majesty The Queen, being made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG). This was in recognition of her work in Science and Technology Educational Outreach.