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Major Tim's spacecraft to be stellar attraction at museum

By Staff Reporter

British astronaut Tim Peake's spacecraft is set to touch down at the Ulster Museum.

The European Space Agency, Samsung and the Science Museum Group have today confirmed that the Belfast museum will be the final stop-off in an extensive UK tour of the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft over the next two years.

Major Tim Peake was one of three astronauts on board the Russian-built craft which flew the team to the International Space Station on December 15, 2015, and returned them to Earth on June 18, 2016.

The national tour will visit various locations across the UK before touching down in Belfast from February to May in 2019.

Touring with it will be The Space Descent VR, a unique virtual reality adventure using Samsung technology which places visitors right at the heart of Peake's journey from the International Space Station back to Earth.

Kathryn Thomson, chief executive of National Museums NI, said the exhibition would attract thousands of visitors from across the island of Ireland.

She added: "We are delighted that we will also be working with the hugely successful NI Science Festival on this exciting project."

Chris McCreery, director of NI Science Festival, said the exhibit offered a brilliant way for the public to experience Tim's journey.

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