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Tim Peake’s spacecraft to land in Shildon—date announced

  • Soyuz TMA-19M displayed at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon from 22 November
  • Visitors can relive the descent from the International Space Station through virtual reality experience

The spacecraft which transported Tim Peake, the UK’s first European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, to and from the International Space Station, will be landing at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon on Tuesday 22 November 2017.

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 it 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, including 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 International Space Station (ISS).

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.

Locomotion Museum Manager, Gary Campbell, 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 TMA-19M 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.

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, 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.”

Details of visiting arrangements and special events, including the Space Descent VR experience and activities over the festive season at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon will be announced at a later date (charge and conditions apply to Space Descent VR).

Space Descent VR with Tim Peake has been made possible with support from Samsung and the generous co-operation of Tim Peake and the European Space Agency.


Notes to editors

About Locomotion

  • Locomotion, National Railway Museum at Shildon is part of the Science Museum Group’s portfolio and is a branch of the National Railway Museum in York
  • The crew Opened in 2004 by then Prime Minister, Tony Blair, it is based on the former "Timothy Hackworth Victorian Railway Museum due to the museum being sited near Timothy Hackworth's Soho Works on the world's first passenger railway, the Stockton and Darlington Railway

About the Soyuz TMA-19M descent module

  • Soyuz TMA-19M carried astronauts Yuri Malenchenko (Commander, Russia), Tim Kopra (Flight Engineer, USA) and Tim Peake (Flight Engineer, UK) to the International Space Station on 15 December 2015 and returned the same crew to Earth on 18 June 2016.
  • The crew was part of Expeditions 46 and 47 to the International Space Station.
  • The outer surfaces have been charred by temperatures of around 1,500 degrees Celsius experienced during atmospheric re-entry.
  • The module weighs approximately 1.5 tonnes.

Marking the 110th birthday of legendary Russian space chief Sergei Korolev and the the UK-Russia Year of Science and Education, the display of Soyuz TMA-19M celebrates the truly global effort behind space exploration today. Manufactured by RSC Energia for ROSCOSMOS the Russian Space Agency, the Soyuz tells the story of the UK’s first European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut’s journey to the International Space Station (ISS).

About Alchemy VR 

Alchemy VR builds on the world class story-telling and technical innovation of Atlantic Productions to create some of the most compelling virtual reality experiences in the world. Alchemy VR’s combination of storytelling and pioneering use of new technologies has created unique and breath taking experiences including David Attenborough's First Life VR and David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef Dive VR. Alchemy VR’s experiences have shown in some of the world’s most prestigious cultural institutions and will be amongst the first virtual reality documentaries to launch on PlayStation VR. VR projects soon to be released by the studio include experiences that take you deep into the Amazon Jungle, across the sands of the Arabian Desert, and into the heart of Dubai.

About Atlantic Productions

Atlantic Productions was founded in 1992 and in this time has won many of the most prestigious awards in television, including the coveted BAFTA award for best specialist factual twice in the last four years (2014 & 2011), eleven Emmy awards, two RTS awards and the best 3D award at Jackson Hole and Wildscreen. Recent productions include INSIDE THE COMMONS (BBC), and DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S GREAT BARRIER REEF (BBC). 

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