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

On 15 December 2015, Major 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, you can join us for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get a close look at this historic spacecraft—complete with scorch marks from its re-entry through the atmosphere.


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.

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Educational visits

As Soyuz TMA-19M: Tim Peake’s Spacecraft lands in the museum, students will have out-of-this-world opportunities to learn about the science of space.

Book a Space Day for KS2-3 and your class will enjoy a unique day-long package in which they’ll learn more about the Soyuz, participate in an interactive space show, and explore the science of light and sound in Wonderlab.

KS3 students can also benefit from our special Science of Space event, where they’ll meet STEM Ambassadors and scientists and will learn more about careers within the space industry. 

Why not book a space-themed IMAX 3D film too? Throughout our Soyuz programme, we’ll be screening Space Station and A Beautiful Planet in spectacular IMAX 3D—an exciting and visually stunning way for your students to understand more about space travel.