Britain's first female astronaut, Helen Sharman, paid a visit to High Tunstall College of Science in Hartlepool in 2015. Were you one of the pupils who met her?
Britain's first female astronaut, Helen Sharman, paid a visit to High Tunstall College of Science in Hartlepool in 2015. Were you one of the pupils who met her?

The day you met a famous astronaut: Remember these out of this world scenes in Hartlepool and East Durham?

The space age took another leap forward this week – but what are your memories of these local links with stars of the space scene?

Schools across Hartlepool and East Durham have hosted visits by some of the elite few who have experienced space travel.

Others have enjoyed liaising with astronauts who have supported initiatives at their school.

And as the world got ready to welcome the dawn of a new era in space travel – with the first launch of astronauts from US soil since 2011 and the first ever private vehicle journey to the international space station – we took a look at our links to the world of the astronaut.

Remember these scenes?

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