A year after it withstood re-entry temperatures of 3,000C to bring Tim Peake safely back to earth, the British astronaut's spacecraft is going on another, less traumatic, journey - around the UK.
The national tour of the Soyux TMA-19M has begun at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. Visitors won't just see the heat-scarred capsule that ferried Peake and his colleagues 400km to and from the International Space Station: they'll be able to experience what it's like to make the bumpy descent - thanks to virtual reality.
By donning a Samsung Gear VR headset, visitors to Space Descent VR will be able to experience the thrill of descending to earth at high speed right from the dubious comfort of the pilot's seat. Peake provides expert commentary as you tumble to earth.
“I’m particularly happy that people up and down the UK now have the opportunity to discover more about my Principia mission and space travel”, said Peake.
Russell Taylor, chief marketing officer of Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland, said that the exhibit allows people to immerse themselves in space flight.
“This national tour not only lets people see the Soyuz capsule up close, but the Space Descent VR gives them the most realistic experience there is," he said.
Where can I see Tim Peake’s Soyuz spacecraft?
- National Science and Media Museum, Bradford - September 27-November 19, 2017
- Locomotion, Shildon - November 22, 2017-January 15, 2018
- National Railway Museum, York - January 17-March 8, 2018
- Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester - March 10-May 13, 2018
- National Museum Scotland, Edinburgh - May-August 2018
- Competition winner venue - TBC
- National Museum Wales, Cardiff - November 2018-January 2019
- National Museum Ulster, Belfast - February-May 2019
The mystery slot will be won by a venue through a public competition.
Take a look at more virtual reality experiences on offer around the country.
David Attenborough’s virtual reality
The Natural History Museum took the nation’s most loved TV zoologist, David Attenborough, and let him guide visitors on a virtual reality tour through the world’s largest coral reef in November 2015.
“Virtual reality is a powerful way of transporting us to some of the most extraordinary environments on our planet”, said Sir Michael Dixon, Director of the Natural History Museum.
BT Sport and UEFA Champions League final in virtual reality
In June, in a broadcasting first, BT Sport showed the UEFA Champions League final in 360° VR.
BT Sport filmed the game using 360° cameras, allowing viewers to watch the game as if they were pitch-side or sitting in the crowd as the two European giants Real Madrid and Juventus battled it out in Cardiff.
Virtual reality roller coaster
Orlando’s Sea World has combined a roller coaster with VR to create a virtual reality coaster. Step aboard the Kraken Unleashed and, with a headset in place, you'll explore the creatures of the deep as you travel at nearly 70 mph.