Pub­lic can take a peek at the cap­sule that brought Peake back to the Earth

The Herald - - NEWS -

AS­TRO­NAUT Tim Peake has been re­united with the cap­sule that brought him back to earth af­ter his six-month space mis­sion.

The Soyuz TMA-19M de­scent mod­ule has gone on dis­play at the Na­tional Mu­seum of Scot­land (NMS) in Ed­in­burgh along with the space­suit Ma­jor Peake wore on his high­speed jour­ney back from the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion.

The cap­sule, which bears scorch marks from its jour­ney through the at­mos­phere, was the only part of the space­craft to re­turn to earth, land­ing in Kaza­khstan on June 18, 2016.

Ma­jor Peake, 46, said see­ing the mod­ule again re­minds him of his mis­sion.

The mar­ried fa­ther-oftwo said: “Ev­ery time I see it it brings back huge mem­o­ries of the mis­sion par­tic­u­larly when you see the con­di­tion of the space­craft now. It evokes mem­o­ries of the re-en­try and how pun­ish­ing that was, 1500C and eight min­utes as this thing was com­ing through the at­mos­phere, but on the whole it brings back mem­o­ries of the whole mis­sion.

“The re­turn jour­ney is a dy­namic event, there’s an aw­ful lot hap­pens in this space­craft.”

Dr Gor­don Rin­toul, NMS di­rec­tor, said: “Space travel is cap­ti­vat­ing and I know thou­sands of our visi­tors will flock to the mu­seum io see this fas­ci­nat­ing cap­sule.”

„ As­tro­naut Tim Peake with the Soyuz cap­sule.

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