Star­man Peake’s cap­sule splashes down at mu­seum

Astro­nautt re­united with de­scent mod­ule

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS - BY LUCINDA CAMERON

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

The Soyuz TMA-19M de­scent mod­ule has gone on dis­play at the Na­tional Mu­seum of Scot­land (NMS) in Ed­in­burgh un­til Au­gust 4 – along with the space­suit Ma­jor Peake wore on his high-speed jour­ney back from the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion (ISS).

The cap­sule, which bears scorch marks from its jour­ney through the at­mos­phere, was the only part of the space­craft to re- turn to earth, land­ing on the steppes of Kaza­khstan on Satur­day 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, 1,500C 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.

“We leave the space sta­tion about three hours be­fore we ac­tu­ally re-en­ter the earth’s at­mos­phere and it has to do a de-or­bit burn. It has to sep­a­rate into three parts and then it has to go through about eight min­utes of re-en­try and then of course the parachute has to open suc­cess­fully and then land on the steppes of Kaza­khstan so there’s an aw­ful lot goes on with the re-en­try and land­ing – it’s a very com­plex part of the mis­sion.”

Dur­ing his 186 days in space Ma­jor Peake par­tic­i­pated in more than 250 sci­en­tific ex­per­i­ments and read the CBee­bies bed­time story to chil­dren on earth.

He said one of the high­lights was con­duct­ing a space­walk to­gether with NASA astro­naut Tim Ko­pra to re­pair the sta­tion’s power sup­ply.

Ma­jor Peake, a for­mer British Army Air Corps of­fi­cer, said: “The whole mis­sion was a won­der­ful priv­i­lege.” ON TERRA FIRMA: Tim Peake at the Na­tional Mu­seum in Ed­in­burgh yes­ter­day

“When I see it, it brings back huge mem­o­ries of the mis­sion”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.