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The Soyuz TMA-19M descent module is the historic spacecraft that brought Tim Peake back to Earth after his mission to the International Space Station.

Presented by Samsung and the Science Museum Group

On 15 December 2015, British astronaut Tim Peake embarked on the Principia mission to the International Space Station, where he spent six months orbiting Earth. Thanks to extraordinary leaps in communication technology, we watched as he broadcast live experiments, walked in space and even ran the London Marathon.

On 18 June 2016, Tim returned to Earth in the Soyuz TMA-19M descent module. Now, thanks to the Science Museum Group’s partnership with Samsung, this historic spacecraft is touring the UK. The first stop on the National Tour of Tim Peake’s Spacecraft was here in Bradford.

On our blog: An astronomical task: Installing Tim Peake’s Soyuz


National Tour

If you missed Tim Peake’s Spacecraft in Bradford, you can see it on tour at the following venues:

Acquired by the Science Museum Group in December 2016, Soyuz TMA-19M is the first flown, manned spacecraft in the UK’s national space technology collection.

Space Descent VR with Tim Peake

Space Descent VR with Tim Peake is an out-of-this-world virtual reality mission that puts you in the pilot’s seat of a Soyuz capsule—just like the one that brought Tim home.

Using the latest Samsung Gear VR technology, the experience offers a 360° look inside a Soyuz capsule, and recreates the thrill of being an astronaut as it follows Tim’s 400km journey back to Earth from the ISS.

Space Descent VR is part of the National Tour of Tim Peake’s Spacecraft and will be available at each tour venue while Soyuz TMA-19M is displayed there.