Tim Peake's Spacecraft
The Soyuz capsule, which transported British astronaut Tim Peake safely back to Earth after his mission on the International Space Station is now on display at the Ulster Transport Museum until 12 May 2019.
The Soyuz TMA-19M capsule transported European Space Agency astronaut, Tim Peake, and his crewmates Yuri Malenchenko and Tim Kopra to the International Space Station on the Principia mission. It departed on 15 December 2015 and returned to Earth on 18 June 2016.
The Soyuz has been travelling across the UK as part of a national tour presented by global technology company Samsung and the Science Museum Group. This exhibition, which is suitable for all ages, is FREE and visitors will have the opportunity to:
- Get up close to the capsule and see the full-equipped interior, as well as the char marks on the exterior which show the result of the impact of the Earth's atmosphere on the spacecraft during its descent from space.
- See Tim Peake's Sokol KV-2 emergency spacesuit
- Enjoy interactive displays about the International Space Station (ISS) and learn about life in space.
Alongside the exhibition, visitors will be able to re-live the descent from space from the eyes of an astronaut through a unique virtual reality experience. Using the latest Samsung Gear VR technology, it enables visitors to experience what it feels like to sit inside the Soyuz’s descent module as it makes its dangerous high-speed journey back to Earth. This fully immersive experience is narrated by Tim Peake himself. Space Descent VR is suitable for visitors aged 13 years and over and tickets can be bought on the day for £6 per person.
Space Descent VR with Tim Peake and the presentation of Tim Peake’s spacecraft have been made possible with support from Samsung and co-operation of Tim Peake and the European Space Agency.
The Soyuz TMA-19M after landing © ESA Stephane Corvaja
You can find out more about the Tim Peake Spacecraft Tour here.
Watch Tim talk about the Soyuz capsule!
Check out this video of Tim Peake talking about his journey to space and hear Tim talk about the Soyuz spacecraft.