Landing of astronaut Helen Sharman, 1991

Landing of astronaut Helen Sharman, 1991

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Caption: Landing of astronaut Helen Sharman. British astronaut Helen Sharman (born 1963) in a Sokol spacesuit being helped from the landing capsule and presented with a bouquet of flowers after the Soyuz TM-11 landing in 1991. In 1989, Sharman had applied to become the UK's first person in space, part of a total of 13,000 applicants (Project Juno). Sharman spent seven days on the Mir space station, launching on the Soyuz TM-12 spacecraft (18 May 1991) and returning on the Soyuz TM-11 spacecraft (26 May 1991). The landing took place on 26 May 1991, near Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.

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