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26.09.2017

Tim Peake s pacecraft ’s next epic journey... across the UK

• National tour of Soyuz TMA - 19M announced by Tim Peake, Samsung and the Science
Museum Group
• Soyuz could ‘visit a venue near you’ as competition announced to select one tour
destination


Tuesday 26 September: European Space Agency Astronaut Tim Peake launch ed a ‘first - o f - its - kind’ national tour of the Soyuz spacecraft u sed for his Principia m ission , with the aim of inspiring a generation of people across the country.
The Science M useum Group, which acquired the capsule Soyuz TMA - 19M in 2016, and global technology innovators Samsung, have joined forces to create The National Tour of Tim Peake’s Spacecraft and Space Descent VR. The Soyuz spacecraft will go on public display across the length and breadth of the British Isles, enhanced by Space Descent VR - a unique virtual reality adventure using Samsung Gear VR technol ogy which places visitors right at the heart of Tim Peake’s journey from the International Space Station back to Earth.
The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford is the first stop on this inspirational journey , as the Soyuz goes on display from Wed nesday 27 September – Sunday 19 November, before landing in Shildon, York, Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.
It’s the first time that a Science Museum Group object has ever undertaken such a comprehensive tour of the UK, and the venture has a uni que twist as one more tour venue will be chosen via a public competition.
Any venue interested in being the sixth venue of the tour, in autumn 2018, can apply via an online competition form at group.sciencemuseum.org.uk. The deadline for entries is 1 Decem ber 2017, and the winner will be announced in March 2018, after consideration by a panel including Science Museum Group Director Ian Blatchford, the UK Space Agency’s Human Sp aceflight Manager Libby Jackson, Samsung’s Russell Taylor and Magali Vaissiere, D irector of the European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications.
Tim Peake said: “ It is wonderful to be in Bradford for the start of another incredible journey for this spacecraft, which took me on a life - changing journey and delivered me safely back to Earth. I’m particularly happy that people up and down the UK now have the opportunit y to discover more about my Principia m ission and space travel, and that the Science Museum Group – with the support of Samsung – are doing so much to inspire the public and schools in this tour. I’d also urge anyone who wishes to see the capsule land near them to contact their local venues to app ly to be the sixth destination.”
Russell Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer of Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland, said: "Samsung has always had a passion for sparking curiosity and lifelong learning in everyone. Most of us have dreamed of going into space and it is our mission to bring that possibility to life. This national tour not only lets people see the Soyuz capsule up close, but the Space Descent VR gives them the most realistic experience there is."
Ian Bl atchford, Director of the Science Museum Group, said: “This is the first time the Science Museum Group has toured one of its objects around the country, and what better object than the craft that brought Tim Peake safely back from space? I’m particularly p leased that this tour will reach every one of our museums between London and County Durham to inspire visitors of all ages to engage with the science of space exploration.”
Jo Quinton - Tulloch, Director of the National Science and Media Museum, said: “This is another giant leap for us as we continue our journey to becoming one of the UK’s and world’s must - see museums. Having Tim Peake here to launch the Soyuz tour is extremely special. The Science Museum Group, Samsung and the European Space Agency have all collaborated to make something unique happen. I’d encourage people to come and see the Soyuz while they can – it’s a very significant piece of space history.”
Launching during the UK - Russia Year of Science and Education, The National Tour of Tim Peake’s Sp acecraft celebrates the truly global effort behind modern space exploration . Manufactured by RSC Energia for ROSCOSMOS the Russian Space Agency, the Soyuz tells the story of the UK’s first European Space Agency astronaut’s journey to the International Spac e Station.
It was acquired for the nation by the Science Museum Group in December 2016 and is the first flown human rated spacecraft in the UK’s national space technology collection. Space Descent VR , the stunning virtual reality journey voiced by Tim Pea ke himself , will accompany the touring exhibition and enable people all over the UK to experience in first - person the high - speed descent to Earth from the International Space Station. The full tour venues and dates are:

National Science and Media Museum, Bradford 27 September – 19 November 2017
Locomotion, Shildon 22 November 2017 – 15 January 2018
National Railway Museum, York 17 January – 8 March 2018
Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester 10 March – 13 May 2018
National Museum Scotland, Edinburgh May – August 2018
Competition winner venue TBC
National Museum Wales, Cardiff November 2018 – January 2019
National Museum Ulster, Belfast February – May 2019
Tim Peake’s spacecraft – complete with its 25 - metre parachute – is free to visit at all venues, and Space Descent VR with Tim Peake will be available to v isitors aged 13 and over for £5/£6. The tour will be accompanied by an outreach programme to engage young people in schools with potential futures in STEM subjects.




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