On June 18 2016, after six months orbiting the Earth on the International Space Station conducting experiments, walking in space and even running a marathon, Major Tim Peake returned to Earth in the Soyuz TMA-19M descent module. Now, this historic craft is on display at the Science Museum.
Tim's Principia mission to the ISS began on 15 December 2015. The Museum welcomed 11,000 visitors that day, to watch the launch as it happened, celebrate the momentous occasion and wish the ESA's first British astronaut safe passage on his intrepid journey.
Today the descent module that brought him home is being exhibited in the Wellcome Wing, complete with scorch marks from its re-entry through the atmosphere. Soyuz TMA-19M is the first flown, manned spacecraft in the UK’s national space technology collection.