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image for Exhibition item typeTim Peake's Spacecraft at National Museum Cardiff

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Exhibition, Thu 15 Nov 2018 - Sun 10 Feb 2019

Tim Peake's Spacecraft

Tim Peake's Spacecraft


At National Museum Cardiff this winter, see the spacecraft that brought British astronaut Tim Peake back to Earth from the International Space Station. You can also relive the descent from space through a virtual reality experience.

Get up close to the Soyuz TMA-19M capsule, complete with fully-equipped interior and see the char marks on its outer body from its re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere. It is displayed alongside Tim Peake’s Sokol KV-2 emergency spacesuit, the spacecraft antenna, interactive displays about the International Space Station (ISS) and life in space. The free exhibition is part of a national tour presented by global technology company Samsung and the Science Museum Group .

The display of the iconic craft will be accompanied by Space Descent VR supported by Samsung, a unique virtual reality adventure using Samsung Gear VR technology. Take your seat in our exclusive VR lounge to experience the incredible 250 mile journey back to Earth from the ISS in a Soyuz capsule. The seats will even twist and turn to give you the most realistic experience of space travel and it’s narrated by Tim Peake himself. Space Descent VR is available to visitors 13 years and over. Tickets can be bought on the day for £6 per person.

Soyuz TMA-19M carried Peake and crewmates Yuri Malenchenko and Tim Kopra on the Principia mission to the ISS on 15 December 2015, returning on 18 June 2016. It was acquired later by the Science Museum Group.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsWheelchairs available

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 15 Nov 2018 - Sun 10 Feb 2019


Exhibition free; Space Descent Virtual Reality is available to visitors 13 years and over and tickets can be bought on the day for £6.00 per person.

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date event
Sat 21 Jul - Sun 3 Mar Poppies for Remembrance
Fri 3 Aug - Sat 11 May Kyffin Williams: the Artist and Amgueddfa Cymru
Fri 26 Oct - Sun 24 Feb Artes Mundi 8
Thu 15 Nov - Sun 10 Feb Tim Peake's Spacecraft
Sat 1 Dec - Sun 9 Jun Women in Focus Part 2 - Women in Front of the Lens
Thu 24 - Fri 25 Jan Women in Focus: Documentary and Citizenship


Cathays Park,
CF10 3NP



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Map reference: ST 183769  Lat: 51.48512 Long: -3.17800

Cardiff's Civic Centre, 20 minutes walk from Cardiff Central Train Station. By car - Junction 32 of the M4.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0.5 miles from Cardiff Queen Street station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available