Britain’s first astronaut to land in Liverpool

BRITAIN’S first astronaut, Helen Sharman CMG OBE, 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.

Last week 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 until Sunday 2 June.

Helen will take part in Out of This World (Sunday 2 June from 6.30pm) when she will talk about her experience of space travel and the intense preparation that went into her launching into the history books in May 1991. She will touch upon the meticulous training and preparation as well as reflecting on the importance of teamwork, leadership, communication and motivation. Helen will also take part in a question and answer session. Tickets cost £12 for adults and £10 for under 16s (over 10s only) plus £1 booking fee.

She’ll also be presenting How to be an astronaut, a private event aimed at school pupils from Year 6 and above. During this session, Helen will focus on the wonder of science, talking about her eight days spent orbiting the earth and her time living and working on the MIR Space Station. Any schools interested should visit Tickets will be £5 per student and teachers go free with every ten pupils. Additional staff/adult tickets will be £8 per person. There will be £1 booking fee per ticket.

Helen Sharman said: “I’m delighted to be taking part in River Festival Liverpool in the prestigious Liverpool Cathedral under Luke Jerram’s amazing earth art work Gaia. This event should be truly out of this world.”

The events also form part of Liverpool’s Rise programme which celebrates extraordinary women.

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