The Soyuz spacecraft used by European Space Agency Astronaut Tim Peake on his Principia mission has returned from an exciting journey through the Earth’s atmosphere. It is now embarking on a first-of-its-kind national tour, with the aim of inspiring a generation of people across the country.
The Science Museum Group, which acquired the capsule Soyuz TMA-19M in 2016, and global technology innovators Samsung have joined forces to create The National Tour of Tim Peake’s Spacecraft and Space Descent VR. The Soyuz spacecraft will go on public display across the length and breadth of the British Isles, enhanced by Space Descent VR—a unique virtual reality adventure using Samsung Gear VR technology which places visitors right at the heart of Tim Peake’s journey from the International Space Station back to Earth.
The Soyuz is visiting eight locations across the UK over two years, giving hundreds of thousands the chance to see this iconic object up close.
Seven venues across the UK have been selected to host the tour so far, with the remaining venue being decided by a nationwide competition. Entries for the competition are now closed. The shortlist will be announced at the National Railway Museum on 17 January 2018. Shortlisted venues will then be reviewed by a judging panel and the winner will be announced at a launch at the Museum of Science and Industry in March 2018.