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Tim Peake’s Soyuz TMA-19M at the National Railway Museum

It was 15 December 2015 when Tim Peake along with Yuri Malenchenko, and Tim Kopra embarked on a mission to the International Space Station. Called the Principia, the mission lasted 6 months and after that on 18 June 2016, the astronauts were landed safely on the face of our mother Earth. The whole of the journey, months spent orbiting around the earth and experimenting, walking, and even running a marathon, the astronauts enjoyed their time and brought back stories to tell everyone they meet. The credit of the success of Principia goes to the resilience and knowledge of the astronauts. However, at the same time the spacecraft—Soyuz TMA-19M— is also to be given some applause. It has seen our atmosphere, been attached to the ISS, and brought back astronauts safe to the earth while it scorched itself at a 1500-degree C. The bruises and burns of the journey back to the planet are visible on the surface of the spacecraft. For any space lover, seeing these can be something of an exhilarating experience and why shouldn’t it be? Witnessing the sturdiness of the spacecraft right before the eyes is what everyone wishes for. Spacecraft have not been as safe as Soyuz TMA-19M before. There has been accidents like the one that killed cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov. He had been on the first Soyuz mission when it happened. With the added security and resilience, spacecraft such as the one we are talking about should be presented to the public so that they can get an idea of how space ventures can be, if not experience them. This is the true reason why after being exhibited at some other locations, Soyuz is finally being shown to the public at the National Railway Museum in York, North Yorkshire. Just as the imprints of an ancient animal give us a peek into its structure and the era of its living, similarly the scars on the spacecraft on the display will tell you about the two-way journey from earth to ISS. But that’s not all, you can have the honour of listening to the astronaut Tim Peake as he narrates the ups and downs of his journey through a space-age virtual reality experience. You can even bring your kids to the display and let them have an out-of-this-world experience. With the virtual reality experience available, you can also have the opportunity to imagine your own space adventure at the Imagination Station in Station Hall. This is an amazing live experience with the Soyuz TMA-19M and provide a 360 degree virtual tour of the journey narrated by Tim Peake. Be informed that the closing date is 8 March. You can visit the exhibit from 10.00 to 17.00, and the entry is free; however, you’d have to pay for the VR experience. We encourage you to spare some time and visit the museum even if you are from far away. Don’t worry about accommodation because we can take care of that for you. Our short stay property rentals are there to serve you for the time you spend in York, North Yorkshire.

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