Universe Guide

UNITED KINGDOM


Helen Sharman entered space onboard a Russian spacecraft as the result of a competition. The competition was run by private industry rather than by the Government.

The British Government's current position is that space explorartion and discovery is best done from the comforts of observatories and labortories.

Country Fact File
ContinentEurope
CodesGB / GBR
CapitalLondon
Population60.8 Million
CurrencyPound Sterling
Major ReligonsChristianity (71.6%)
Land Size241,590 sq.miles
Water Size3,230 sq.miles
Longest RiverThames
Highest PointBen Nevis, Scotland, 4,409ft
Space AgencyBritish National Space Agency (BNSA)
1st Man in SpaceTim Peake
1st Woman in SpaceHelen Sharman (1991)