A space suit is a carefully engineered cocoon, designed to protect an astronaut from the perils of the abyss. Helen Sharman walks us through the suit she trusted with her life when she went into space.
Day 6 of our advent calendar, A Place Called Space: http://rigb.org/advent
Helen Sharman tells presenter Dallas Campbell how this space suit kept her safe when she went to the Mir space station in 1991, and gives some insight into what life as an astronaut is really like.
‘A Place Called Space’ is the 2015 Royal Institution advent calendar. Every day in the run up to Christmas we'll be releasing an original piece of content exploring the human experience and cultural significance of space travel. With hand-drawn animations, experiments in zero gravity, interviews with astronauts and creative data visualisations, the calendar will fire you into space every morning.
'A Place Called Space' channels the voices of seasoned astronauts and expert scientists through the eyes of a team of talented animators, film-makers and artists, bringing you a thought-provoking gem to kick-start each day.
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