Helen Sharman, Britain's first female astronaut, and the first woman to visit the Mir space station
He almost became an astronaut in 1989 when he was shortlisted to visit the Russian Mir space station
Helen Sharman, 27, was Britain's first astronaut and the first woman to visit the Mir space station
, as part of a UK-Russian programme.
The longest ever spaceflight was by Russia's Valery Polyakov, who spent 14 months aboard the Mir space station
A second satellite was launched, but during deployment, one of the mirrors got snagged in the Mir Space Station
's antennae and was ripped.
Big at the box office: Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels 1988 There is relief in the Soviet space programme as a Soyuz craft bringing two cosmonauts back from the Mir space station
lands safely after technical problems had stranded the crew in orbit for a full day without sanitary facilities.
Two years later, Syrian air force pilot Muhammed Faris spent a week aboard the Soviet Union's Mir space station
The Skybolt is the latest high-profile exhibit to the venue which, as part of Great Exhibition of the North, is currently hosting the likes of a Damien Hirst shark and - another out-of-this-world showpiece - the spacesuit worn in 1991 by Helen Sharman, Britain's first astronaut and the first woman to visit the Mir space station
2001: The Russian Mir space station
was disposed of.
And compared to the 120,000 kilograms of the Mir space station
(the largest object to reenter), Tiangong-1's 8,500 kilograms is not all that big.
The world's longest missions were carried out by four Soviet-era cosmonauts aboard the now-defunct Mir space station
, including a flight from January 1994 to March 1995, spanning nearly 438 days by record holder Valeri Polyakov, a physician.
Sharman was given the book when she lived in Star City, the Russian training centre outside Moscow, by fellow cosmonauts as she prepared for her journey to the Mir space station
, predecessor of the current space station.