Exploring the Universe
Space pictures featuring a collection of astrophotographers, space artists, major observatories and space organisations.
On 18th May 1991 Helen Sharman became the first Briton in Space. Aboard the Soyuz TM-12 with cosmonauts Anatoly Artsebarsky and Sergey Krikalyov, they launched into space on May 18th 1991. She spent 7 days on the Mir space station, returning on 26th May 1991.
Vostok 1 was launched from Kazakhstan on 12th April 1961, this was the first human spaceflight in history. Manned by Yuri Gagarin, he became the first man in space. The flight lasted 1 hour and 48 minutes from lift-off to touch-down, and made one orbit of Earth.