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In 1991, Helen Sharman became the first Briton in space. Since then, she has never let go of the ethereal feeling of floating above the Earth. In this short animation, Sherman recalls a recurring dream that evokes the transcendent yet humanising experience of looking down at her home planet from far, far above.
Video by the Royal Institution
Animator: Andrew Khosravani
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