Trips & Visits | Posted 06.05.2016

SMH pupils meet the first British astronaut

Children from Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall had a fascinating lesson about space, given by the first British astronaut, Helen Sharman. Pupils in year 6 were enthralled as they heard her description of ‘lift-off’, what her 8 days in space were like, and about her role on the MIR Space Station, in May 1991.

At the event, which took place at the University of Central Lancashire, Helen also talked about her life before becoming an astronaut and her training in Russia. The children were eager to ask questions, wanting to know what she ate and drank while she was in space, and what it is like to wear a space suit!

Helen, who is now Departmental Operations Manager at Imperial College, London said: “The buzz from the children was incredible and I know they love to hear about space and what it involves. What I also came to do is inspire them to take an interest in science and space. If one child from this group decides they want to study science as a future career then that’s great because it’s a job with endless possibilities.”