City says So Long, Soyuz, as cap­sule leaves cathe­dral

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

Peter­bor­ough said a fond farewell to the Soyuz space cap­sule on Mon­day af­ter the ship had spent three months in­spir­ing Peter­bor­ough’s next gen­er­a­tion of sci­en­tists and ex­plor­ers.

More than 160,000 peo­ple have been to visit the ship in the cathe­dral since it landed in Peter­bor­ough at the be­gin­ning of Au­gust - twice the num­ber the cathe­dral nor­mally sees in a year, and on Mon­day a small crowd gath­ered in the his­toric build­ing to get a last view of the ship, be­fore it is taken on it’s next voy­age - this time to Cardiff, rather than outer space. The cap­sule took the Bri­tish as­tro­naut to the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion - and back to Earth - safely with two other mem­bers of crew. Along with the cap­sule, the huge para­chute, which al­lowed a (soft land­ing for the crew, and Tim’s space suit, were also on dis­play in the cathe­dral.

Sparklers were lit in the cathe­dral clois­ters, be­fore hot dogs and burg­ers were eaten - and a spe­cial show­ing of The Clangers, Mr Benn and The Magic Round­about was put on in the Cathe­dral.

There was also a spe­cial video mes­sage from Tim Peake, and some mem­bers of the crowd had the fi­nal chance to take part in the Vir­tual Re­al­ity ex­pe­ri­ence, which has also been at the Cathe­dral while the space ship has been on dis­play.

The Very Rev Chris Dal­lis­ton, Dean of Peter­bor­ough, said: “We have proved that science and faith are not op­posed to each other, but they are com­pli­men­tary - The full hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence in­volves the heart, the brain and the soul.”

The ca­pusle

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