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Sheffield astronaut Dr Helen Sharman OBE to be honoured by the Queen today

Helen Sharman.
Helen Sharman.

Britain’s first astronaut in space - Sheffield woman Dr Helen Sharman OBE - is to receive a special honour today from the Queen.

She will be appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle.

Helen Sharman.

Helen Sharman.

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Ms Sharman, who was born in Grenoside, became the first Briton in space and first woman to visit the Mir Space Station in May 1991.

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Her trip was made possible by a private programme called Project Juno, and paid for jointly by the USSR and a consortium of British companies.

The former chemist is being honoured for her services to science and technology educational outreach.

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She previously received the OBE in 1992.