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Exhibition: Tim Peake's Spacecraft and virtual reality experience

National Museum Cardiff
15 November 2018 – 10 February 2019
Cost Exhibition free, Space Descent VR £6
Suitability Exhibition - All / VR Experience – 13+ only

The Soyuz TMA-19M space capsule © Science Museum

photo of space capsule after landing

The Soyuz TMA-19M after landing © NASA Bill Ingalls

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View from Space Descent VR with Tim Peake © Science Museum

At National Museum Cardiff this winter, see the spacecraft that brought British astronaut Tim Peake back to Earth from the International Space Station. You can also relive the descent from space through a virtual reality experience.

Get up close to the Soyuz TMA-19M capsule, complete with fully-equipped interior and see the char marks on its outer body from its re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere. It is displayed alongside Tim Peake’s Sokol KV-2 emergency spacesuit, the spacecraft antenna, interactive displays about the International Space Station (ISS) and life in space. The free exhibition is part of a national tour presented by global technology company Samsung and the Science Museum Group.

The display of the iconic craft will be accompanied by Space Descent VR supported by Samsung, a unique virtual reality adventure using Samsung Gear VR technology. Take your seat in our exclusive VR lounge to experience the incredible 250 mile journey back to Earth from the ISS in a Soyuz capsule. The seats will even twist and turn to give you the most realistic experience of space travel and it’s narrated by Tim Peake himself. Space Descent VR is available to visitors 13 years and over. Tickets can be bought on the day for £6 per person.

Soyuz TMA-19M carried Peake and crewmates Yuri Malenchenko and Tim Kopra on the Principia mission to the ISS on 15 December 2015, returning on 18 June 2016. It was acquired later by the Science Museum Group.

Commenting on the acquisition, European Space Agency 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, the TMA-19M, is going to be returning here to the UK and may serve, hopefully, as inspiration for our next generation of scientists and engineers.”

Space Descent VR with Tim Peake and the presentation of Tim Peake’s spacecraft have been made possible with support from Samsung and the generous co-operation of Tim Peake and the European Space Agency.

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