Out of this world

The first British astronaut, Helen Sharman, a chemist by training and profession at Imperial College London was recognized in the UK's New Year's Honours by Her Majesty the Queen for services to science and technology educational outreach. She joins the Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG). “I am thrilled to be awarded with this honour, especially so because it recognises the science and technology outreach work I have done and therefore the importance of this type of activity," Sharman said, "Ensuring students from a wide range of backgrounds continue to study science enhances the cross-fertilisation of ideas, business uptake and impact on society," she adds.