If you are a space geek, it is time to research hotels in Cardiff City Centre because you might want to visit the National Museum Cardiff soon. The museum recently announced that they are going to have an exhibit showcasing the spacecraft used by Tim Peake while in space in order to travel back to the planet.
The space capsule is called the Soyuz TMA-19M and it was used by the British astronaut to travel to the International Space Station or ISS during its Principia mission three years ago. The spacecraft is to arrive in Cardiff in line with the national tour and the exhibit in the museum will remain until February of 2019.
According to Peake, he is hoping that because of the free exhibit, many more will inspire to become scientists in the future. Aside from the spacecraft, the emergency spacesuit used by Peake called Sokol KV-2 will also be displayed. The exhibit will also showcase the antenna of the spacecraft and the parachute used by the capsule which is 25 meters in diameter.
On December 15, 2015, Soyuz TMA-19M transported Peake along with two crewmates, Tim Kopra and Yuri Malenchenko, as they travel to the ISS. The same spacecraft sent them back to earth on June 18, 2016. It was then sent to the Science Museum Group for safekeeping.
The Principia mission was a historic one because it gave Peake the honour to be the very first British astronaut that conducted a spacewalk outside the vicinity of the ISS. Peake explained that it is not surprising that he was attached to the spacecraft since it saved his life.
During the exhibit, guests will also have the opportunity to experience the descent from the ISS which spans 250 miles with the help of virtual reality. The narration was done by Peake. Local schools, on the other hand, get to organize an outreach programme.
According to the director of the museum, this is an opportunity that everyone should not miss. Many aspiring scientists and space geeks have already booked hotels in Cardiff City Centre in order to catch the exhibit before it leaves for the continuation of the national tour.