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To point out that, exciting as Tim Peake's trip to the space station is......

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BertrandRussell Tue 15-Dec-15 10:18:41

.....he is not the first British astronaut, and I can't remember anything like this hype when she made her trip?

Doublebubblebubble Tue 15-Dec-15 10:21:08

Well she is a woman and thusly unimportant to the media....

Good luck to Tim though 11:03 I think x hope all goes well x

Rattner Tue 15-Dec-15 10:21:44

He's the first Briton to serve on the I.S.S. I think that's why it's a big deal smile

BooyakaTurkeyisMassive Tue 15-Dec-15 10:33:02

There was a huge amount of hype when she went into space. Massive. She gave a talk at my school in London at the time and it was very exciting. There was far more publicity than there is for the current guy.

I live in Sharman's home city now, and they are amazingly proud of her.

EastMidsMummy Tue 15-Dec-15 10:38:28

The difference is, he is on a British funded mission. She was on a privately funded mission. She was the first Briton in space. He is the first official "British astronaut".

(You're right in one way: there was NOTHING on Twitter about Helen Sharman back then...)

RedToothBrush Tue 15-Dec-15 10:46:52


What the heck are you on about?!

There was LOADS of coverage of Helen Sharman at the time! Much more than Tim Peake is getting.

And why does it have to be a competition? We should be celebrating ANY astronaut we have as we don't get many.

I'm glad that the BBC have decided to cover the lauch live

RedToothBrush Tue 15-Dec-15 10:52:56

Oh and part of the remit of ISS astronauts is education and dealing with the media. Its supposed to encourage science and technology as well as international cooperation and diplomacy.

Its GREAT to have something POSITIVE on our news for once grabbing headlines.

SoupDragon Tue 15-Dec-15 10:56:20

There is far more hype about everything than there was 24 years ago.

PatriciaHolm Tue 15-Dec-15 10:56:31

Blimey, she was everywhere at the time! Definitely equal media coverage, allowing for the fact that in 1991 we didn't have wall to wall 24 hours online news.

EnaSharplesHairnet Tue 15-Dec-15 10:57:09

Helen Sharman was big news.

Despite today's excitement, when this is over I think I will forget Tim's name quite quickly.

Holstein Tue 15-Dec-15 10:58:39

Yes, I was a bit hmm at the Today programme this morning.

CordeliaFrost Tue 15-Dec-15 10:58:58

Helen Sharman was the first Briton in space, but it was on a privately funded mission.

Previous British-born astronauts, like Michael Foale, also had US citizenship and that's why they got to be astronauts.

Tim Peake is the first official British astronaut, because he's on a space agency funded mission, and he hasn't had to have dual citizenship.

NB: All their achievements are fantastic.

RedToothBrush Tue 15-Dec-15 11:01:14

Why do we have to be so British and piss on someone's chips at moments of national pride?

Drew64 Tue 15-Dec-15 11:06:05

There was no internet back then

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Tue 15-Dec-15 11:08:02

Helen Sharman was major big news. Blue peter and news round were full of it for weeks.

MojitoMollie Tue 15-Dec-15 11:10:35

i was watching the launch on the BBC site and it clearly talks about Helen... I think YABU

Enjolrass Tue 15-Dec-15 11:11:47

There was loads of hype and we spent loads of time at school stalking about it when she went.

It was also all over the papers and news with updates.

Technology and media have changed so it's much more visual. You can see in the capsule etc.

There was Internet. No all day news channels etc.

It's also different as its the ISS.

DrDreReturns Tue 15-Dec-15 11:12:36

I was 14 in 1991 and I remember her going into space very clearly. It was a very big news story. There wasn't 24 hour news / internet coverage back then so you can't really directly compare the coverage the two stories have received directly. But you can't pretend it wasn't a big thing back then.
So I think YABU.

DrDreReturns Tue 15-Dec-15 11:13:19

Sorry about the garbled sentence.

Drew64 Tue 15-Dec-15 11:13:36

Aren't the ISS and MIR the same thing? MIR with an extension?

Enjolrass Tue 15-Dec-15 11:13:40

She has also been on the news quite a bit this week.

HaplessHousewife Tue 15-Dec-15 11:18:18

No MIR was brought back down and mostly burnt up on re-entry. Some fragments remained and landed in the sea somewhere.

TeaStory Tue 15-Dec-15 11:19:39

Aren't the ISS and MIR the same thing? MIR with an extension?


Drew64 Tue 15-Dec-15 11:20:10


Thank you, I've learnt something new today

EnaSharplesHairnet Tue 15-Dec-15 11:20:52

I keep referring to Mir - didn't it mean Mother in Russian?
Just read on-line that Mir is no more and it was succeeded by the ISS, a joint US and Russian project.

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