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Message 1369775 - Posted: 19 May 2013, 18:12:11 UTC

better late than never!

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Message 1369782 - Posted: 19 May 2013, 18:39:49 UTC - in response to Message 1369775.

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Message 1369877 - Posted: 20 May 2013, 3:06:29 UTC

Wahoooooo Brits in space . What with Sir Richard Branson's enterprise the brits mite have a new Empire "SPACE"
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Message 1369883 - Posted: 20 May 2013, 3:36:30 UTC - in response to Message 1369877.

Wahoooooo Brits in space . What with Sir Richard Branson's enterprise the brits mite have a new Empire "SPACE"

No chance of that ever happening.....we've had our time as an Empire so now it's
someone else's turn to have a go.



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Message 1369939 - Posted: 20 May 2013, 8:21:44 UTC

When you compare the budgets that were required to train the astronauts, build the shuttles, and construct the ISS, only NASA in America could have done it, Russia and China couldn't have, and certainly not the UK. In any case the British government has never considered a policy of having an Astronaut Corps. But what Branson has done is to be the first to make a commercial venture on the back of it all. I've lived to see man on the moon, and a space station, but won't see man on mars in my time. This will do instead.

His mission will make him the first UK national to live and work in space, and to fly the Union flag, on a British-government-funded programme (the UK is Esa's third largest contributor). All previous UK-born astronauts that have gone into orbit have done so either through the US space agency (Nasa) as American citizens or on private ventures organised with the assistance of the Russian space agency.

Our heroine is still Helen Sharman!

* Helen Sharman, the first Briton in space, who flew on the Soyuz TM-12 mission.
* Michael Foale, who flew on the STS-45, STS-56, STS-63, STS-84, STS-86 and STS-103 Space Shuttle flights as well as the Soyuz TMA-3, and stayed on both the Mir and International Space Station.
* Piers Sellers, who flew on the STS-112 and STS-121 Shuttle missions.
* Nicholas Patrick, who flew on the STS-116 Shuttle mission.
* Gregory H. Johnson, who flew on the STS-123 Shuttle mission.

Sellers and Patrick are both naturalized United States citizens. Foale has dual citizenship in the United States and the United Kingdom. Johnson is a United States citizen who was born in South Ruislip, Middlesex.


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