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