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The historic Soyuz capsule landed in November, along with a space-age virtual reality experience narrated by Tim Peake himself.

On 18 June 2016, Major Tim Peake returned to Earth in the Soyuz TMA-19M descent module after six months on board the International Space Station, where he conducted experiments, walked in space and even ran a marathon. In 2017, the Science Museum Group and Samsung joined forces to bring this historic piece of engineering to Locomotion, Shildon.

Visitors aged 13+ could also retrace Tim’s 400km journey back to Earth from the ISS in Space Descent VR, an out-of-this-world virtual reality experience narrated by the astronaut himself. Using Samsung Gear VR, visitors could enjoy a 360⁰ look inside the Soyuz capsule and experience the thrill of being an astronaut.

    Find out more about the National Tour of Tim Peake’s Spacecraft here.

    Did you know...

    • Tim Peake was the first man to run a marathon from space
    • His first meal on the ISS was a bacon sandwich
    • Soyuz TMA-19M is the first flown, manned spacecraft in the UK’s national space technology collection

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    Space Descent VR

    This incredible virtual reality mission put visitors in the pilot’s seat of Tim Peake’s spacecraft to experience a truly incredible journey back to Earth.

    Retracing Tim Peake’s thrilling 400km journey back to Earth from the International Space Station, this out-of-this-world virtual reality experience was narrated by Tim Peake himself. State-of-the-art Samsung Gear VR gave a 360⁰ view inside the Soyuz TMA-19M capsule and put you in the driving seat for a mission unlike any other.