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MIR space station Helen Sharman was the first British person in space
Helen Sharman was the first British person in space (AP)
In March, a Progress supply spacecraft narrowly missed colliding with Mir. The platform came within metres of disaster. It was a foretaste of things to come.

Mir resident Sergei Krikalev came home to a different country after his stay on Mir.

He was launched from the USSR but returned to Russia, which was established whilst he was in orbit.

Britainís only cosmonaut, Helen Sharman, spent a week on Mir in this year. She obtained her place as winner of a national competition in Britain that attracted 13,000 applicants.

She travelled to Mir with Soviet cosmonauts Anatole Artsebarsky and Sergei Krikalev.

May 1991: Helen Sharman returns to Earth after a week on Mir Real 56K 
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