Britain’s first astronaut is heading to the city in June as part of River Festival Liverpool and will take part in two unique events under the huge 23ft replica earth in Liverpool Cathedral.
Selected from 13,000 applicants, Helen Sharman launched into space 28 years ago. After the expedition, Helen became a science communicator and corporate speaker, winning numerous prizes for radio and TV programmes and for her inspirational talks on teamwork, STEM, science communication and motivation.
She was awarded the OBE in 1993. In the New Year Honours List of 2018, she was further awarded a rare and special honour, being made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for services to Science and Technology Educational Outreach.
Helen Sharman returning from Mir Space Station in 1991.
The two events Helen will take part in are:
Previously, it was announced that Luke Jerram’s installation Gaia is coming to Liverpool as part of the festival’s creative programme. The artwork will be on public display from Saturday 25 May and a series of events will be programmed to take place under the earth until Sunday 2 June.
For more information on the events or to buy tickets visit www.theriverfestival.co.uk.
Keep up to date by following River Festival Liverpool on Facebook and Instagram and @riverfestlpool on Twitter #RiverFestival
The events also forms part of Liverpool’s Rise programme which celebrates extraordinary women. Find out more at www.riseliverpool.co.uk, follow @Rise_Liverpool on Twitter and Instagram and use #RISEwithUS.
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