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VIDEO - Tim Peake’s spacecraft lands in York

Tim Peake's spacecraft soyuz NRM

1:34pm 17th January 2018
(Updated 5:02pm 17th January 2018)

The spacecraft which transported Tim Peake, the UK’s first European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, to and from the International Space Station, has landed at York’s National Railway Museum (17 January 2018)

Displayed on the Great Hall’s historic turntable along with its original 25m parachute, the Soyuz TMA-19M capsule will form the centrepiece of a new display.

VIDEO - The spacecraft is visiting the museum as part of a landmark national tour.


The national tour is supported by Samsung and the Science Museum Group.

This is the first time that a Science Museum Group object has ever undertaken such a comprehensive tour of the UK.

The tour has a unique twist as one venue will be chosen via a public competition.

Entries have been submitted by venues from around the country.

The display of the iconic craft will be accompanied by an inspiring and immersive range of activities, including the Space Descent VR virtual reality experience, narrated by Tim Peake himself.

This places visitors inside the Soyuz TMA-19M capsule to witness first-hand the incredible 250-mile journey back to Earth from the International Space Station, making this an opportunity not to be missed.

Students from The Mount School in York try out the VR

Tim Peake's spacecraft soyuz NRM

Tim Peake's spacecraft soyuz NRM

National Railway Museum Director, Judith McNicol, said:

“It’s hard to express how excited we are to be hosting Soyuz in York, especially after its successful tour of Locomotion in Shildon.

The capsule represents an incredible technological feat, and this is an unmissable opportunity for visitors young and old to see the craft that took Tim Peake all the way to the International Space Station and back.

We are able to host such a unique part of science history, because we are part of the Science Museum Group and this new exhibition is just the start of an exciting new adventure for the museum.”

The VR imagery has been created for the Science Museum Group, and is supported by Samsung with the provision of the latest Samsung Gear VR headsets and a bespoke VR Lounge inside the museum.

Commenting on the acquisition, ESA astronaut 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.”

As well as the exhibition, the National Railway Museum will be hosting a series of Soyuz talks and activities discussing the historic piece of engineering that safely brought Tim Peake back to Earth.

During February half term (10 – 17 February 2018) a special ‘Mission Space’ collection of activities will take place, inviting children and families to visit the museum.

From an Astronaut training school to creating your own mission patches badge, there will be activities suitable for all ages.

HM Government Envoy for the Year of Engineering Stephen Metcalfe MP said:

“As we start the Year of Engineering – a national campaign to inspire the next generation of engineers – it’s fantastic that this tour will bring families up and down the country face to face with such an exciting feat of engineering.
In order to transform perceptions of engineering careers and encourage more young people from all backgrounds to enter the profession, we need to give them direct experiences of engineering achievements.

I have no doubt that Tim Peake’s Soyuz Spacecraft will spark the imaginations of many budding engineers, and I’m delighted to see one of our key Year of Engineering partners - the Science Museum Group – working with Samsung to bring this opportunity to young people across the country.”


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