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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, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piers_Sellers and Nicholas Patrick https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Patrick) before moving to America, and Michael Foale https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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. https://uk.news.yahoo.com/first-british-astronauts-mission-was-cancelled-160340802.html

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