Soyuz TMA-19M descent module departs in T-minus nine days

The final countdown has begun until Tim Peake’s Spacecraft departs from the Ulster Transport Museum, Cultra on Sunday, May 12.

Tim Peake

Since opening to the public almost 55,000 visitors have boldly gone to the museum to catch a rare glimpse of a genuine spacecraft – the Russian-built Souyz capsule that transported the astronaut to and from the International Space Station (ISS).

By contrast, since Expedition 1, the first long-duration stay aboard the ISS which launched in November 2000, only 236 individuals have visited the space station.

The Soyuz TMA-19M capsule is exhibited at the museum along with its 25-metre diameter parachute and the Sokol KV-2 spacesuit Peake wore during his high-speed descent back to Earth.

Aaron Ward, Head of Audience Development for National Museums NI, said:

“We’re thrilled to have welcomed so many keen space enthusiasts to the Ulster Transport Museum to see Tim Peake’s spacecraft up close. This rare opportunity to see such an important piece of engineering history first-hand in the magnificent surroundings of the railway gallery is quite special.”

Aaron explains how interest in the exhibition spans generations and is captivating audiences young and old.

“The Soyuz capsule is a feat of technical endeavour and scientific research, yet what makes it so compelling is the story of human courage and accomplishment it tells.  We’re welcoming visitors of all ages through the doors to explore this story and the many other stories of great engineering, innovation and achievement told through the collections here at the Transport Museum.”

Accompanying the spacecraft is the unique Space Descent VR experience. With the help of Samsung Gear VR technology, Space Descent VR places visitors at the heart of Tim Peake’s historic 250-mile return voyage to Earth from the ISS and is voiced by the astronaut himself.
Local primary school pupils pictured at the launch of the exhibition of Tim Peake’s Spacecraft at the Ulster Transport Museum. The exhibition is free to visit and on display in the museum until Sunday, May 12.

With the help of Samsung Gear VR technology, the accompanying Space Descent VR experience places visitors at the heart of Tim Peake’s historic 250-mile return voyage to Earth from the ISS and is voiced by the astronaut himself.

He continued: “It’s not every day you get to see a real-life spaceship in Northern Ireland, so I’d urge anyone who hasn’t already visited the exhibition not to miss out.”

The Ulster Transport Museum is the final stop of UK-wide National Tour of Tim Peake’s Spacecraft tour, presented by Samsung and the Science Museum Group, which began at the National Science and Media Museum, Bradford, in September 2017.

The exhibition will remain on display at the Ulster Transport Museum until Sunday, May 12. Tim Peake’s Spacecraft is free to visit, and Space Descent VR is available to visitors aged 13 and over for £6.

For more information about the exhibition, visit www.nmni.com/soyuz.

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