Belfast Telegraph

Video: Tim Peake's spacecraft lands at Ulster Transport Museum

The spacecraft which transported the UK’s first European Space Agency astronaut, Tim Peake, to and from the International Space Station (ISS) has landed at the Ulster Transport Museum.

The National Tour of Tim Peake’s Spacecraft includes the Soyuz TMA-19M capsule – complete with equipped interior and char marks on its outer body from its re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere – and is displayed along with its 25-metre diameter parachute, and the Sokol KV-2 emergency suit Peake wore during his Principa mission.

The display of the iconic craft will be accompanied by Space Descent VR, a unique virtual reality adventure using Samsung Gear VR technology.

Narrated by Tim Peake himself, Space Descent VR recreates the experience of making the incredible 250-mile journey back down to Earth from the International Space Station inside a Soyuz capsule.

Kathryn Thomson, chief executive of National Museums NI, said the exhibition, which is expected to attract thousands of visitors, is befitting of the Ulster Transport Museum.

“We’re delighted to work in partnership with the Science Museum Group and Samsung to bring the historic capsule to the Ulster Transport Museum for the final stop in what has been, and continues to be, a stimulating and engaging national touring exhibition.

"The arrival of Tim Peake’s spacecraft opens a new chapter for the story of transportation chronicled at the museum.”

The exhibition officially opens to the public on Wednesday, February 20 and will remain on display at the Ulster Transport Museum until Sunday, May 12, 2019.

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