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  1. Malcolm Smith
    August 25, 2017 @ 5:42 pm

    Good article, but with regard to the first paragraph you could argue several NASA shuttle astronauts had British backgrounds (e.g. Piers Sellers, and Nicholas Patrick before moving to America, and Michael Foale had dual nationality (US mother, British father). So the term British-born is often used.

    Helen Sharman was Britain’s first home-grown cosmonaut (Russian = space traveller, as opposed to astronaut = star traveller) on the Mir space station in 1991.

    The British government was due to fly astronauts on the space shuttle in the 1980s, on a military programme, but this was cancelled after the 1986 Challenger shuttle explosion.


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