Soyuz TMA-19M – Tim Peake’s Spacecraft


By Doug Millard, Science Museum, London

„Curator Doug Millard explores the story of the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft. It is the first flown, human-rated spacecraft to be acquired by the United Kingdom, and today (5 December 2016) joins the Science Museum Group’s space technologies collection. Soyuz TMA-19M will go on display in the UK in 2017.  

This spacecraft carries a lot of statistics and superlatives.

It’s been in space, attached to the International Space Station (ISS) and orbiting the Earth, for six months.

By my reckoning that means it’s clocked about 74,000,000 miles. That’s about 400,000 miles each day. To get into orbit its rocket had to accelerate it to 17,200 mph, the same speed it was travelling at when it started its eventual return to Earth. As it plunged through the atmosphere its surface heated to 1500 degrees C.

You can see the scorching and charring on its surface.

But it also carries a human story; this is the actual spacecraft that took astronauts Yuri Malenchenko, Tim Kopra and Britain’s Tim Peake up to the ISS in 2015 and then returned them safely to the Earth the following year. It was Peake’s first spaceflight, Kopra’s 2nd and Yuri Malenchenko’s 5th. It was the first time two ‘Tims’ had shared a space mission! (…)“

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