Tim Peake's spacecraft to land in Shildon
The spacecraft that transported Tim Peake, the UK's first European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, to and from the International Space Station (ISS), will be landing at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon on Tuesday, 22 November.
A landmark partnership between Samsung and the Science Museum Group, to create a national tour of Tim Peake's spacecraft means the Soyuz TMA-19M capsule, complete with equipped interior and re-entry char marks on its outer body, will be on public display for two months along with its 25m diameter parachute.
The display of the iconic craft will be accompanied by an inspiring and immersive range of activities, icnluding the Space Descent VR virtual reality experience, narrated by Tim Peake himself. This places the visitor inside the Soyuz TMA-19M to witness first-hand the incredible 250-mile journey back to earth from the ISS.
Gary Campbell, Locomotion manager, said: "It's hard to express how excited we are to be bringing the Soyuz capsule to Shildon. The capsule represents one of history;s most incredible technological feats, and this is an unmissable opportunity for visitors young and old from across the North East to see the craft that took Tim Peake all the way to the Space Station and back.
"We hope our local residents and future visitors enjoy this unique experience and pay Soyuz a visit."
Soyuz carried Peake and crewmates Yuri Malenchenko and Tim Kopra in ESA Expedition 46/47 to the ISS on 15 December 2015, returning on 18 June 2016. It was acquired last year by the Science Museum Group.
Tim Peake said: "You do become very attached to your spacecraft because it definitely does save your life. I'm absolutely delighted that my Soyuz spacecraft is going to be returning here to the UK and may serve, hopefully, as inspiration for our next generation of scientists and engineers."
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