THE Soyuz Tour has landed in Edinburgh giving visitors to the National Museum of Scotland a chance to visit European Space Agency Astronaut Tim Peake’s spacecraft.
Peake returned to Earth in the 1.5-tonne Soyuz TMA-19M descent module on 18 June 2016 after six months orbiting the globe on the International Space Station (ISS), conducting experiments, walking in space and even running a marathon.
Now, this historic spacecraft is on tour, inspiring people all over the country, with the National Museum of Scotland its only Scottish dates.
The spacecraft will be displayed alongside a unique, virtual reality adventure, which places visitors right at the heart of Peake’s journey from the ISS back to Earth.
In addition, visitors will be able to view a display which includes the Sokol KV-2 spacesuit the astronaut wore during his high-speed descent back home.
Dr Gordon Rintoul, Director of National Museums Scotland says, “We were delighted to welcome Tim Peake to the National Museum of Scotland to unveil his spacecraft.
“Space travel is a captivating subject and I know thousands of our visitors will flock to the Museum to see this fascinating capsule close up.”
Launching the exhibition Tim Peake said, “I’m delighted my Soyuz space capsule has come to Edinburgh.
“It’s incredible to think this capsule, which spent 186 days attached to the ISS is now touring the nation.
“I hope visitors will take the rare opportunity to come and see this amazing space capsule up close and discover more about human spaceflight and my time on the ISS.”
Tim Peake’s Spacecraft, National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, until 4 August, 10am-5pm, free
Space Descent VR with Tim Peake, until 4 August, 10.30am-4pm, £5 (Suitable for 13+, advance booking recommended), 0300-123 6789