Chemist Helen Sharman was the first British astronaut in space, and as a part of Project Juno in 1991, was the first woman to visit the Mir space station. In the video above, Sharman gives us a mini-tour of the space suit she wore to protect her during more dangerous mission events: launch, docking, and landing back on planet Earth. How a Space Suit Works – with Helen Sharman is one in a series of videos for The Royal Institution’s A Place Called Space.

In case you missed it: The Dreams of an Astronaut – with Helen Sharman.

Plus, How Astronauts Put on Space Suits, Celebrating Sally Ride, the first American woman in space and Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African American woman astronaut in space.

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