A Place Called Space
Day 6

Supported by Wellcome Trust

A tour of a space suit

Helen Sharman walks us through the suit that kept her safe when she became the first Briton in space over 20 years ago.

A space suit is a carefully engineered cocoon, designed to protect an astronaut from the perils of the abyss. Helen Sharman walks us through the suit she trusted with her life when she became the first Briton in space.

She explains how this space suit kept her safe when she went to the Mir space station in 1991, and gives some insight into what life as an astronaut is really like.

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