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110,000 Visitors To Tim Peake's Spacecraft In Bradford

It is the first flown human rated spacecraft in the Science Museum Group Collection. 

The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford say astronaut Tim Peake's spacecraft attracted almost 110,000 visitors.

The Soyuz TMA-19M came to West Yorkshire in 2017 as part of a UK-wide tour which, in total, brought in 1.3 million people.

It is the first flown human rated spacecraft in the Science Museum Group Collection. 

The Sokol KV-2 emergency space suit, which was worn by Peake during his Principia, and which joined the Soyuz on tour, is to now go on long-term display at The National Space Centre, Leicester from this summer.

Jo Quinton-Tulloch, Director, National Science and Media Museum said: “Launching the UK tour of Tim Peake’s spacecraft in September 2017, with Tim himself making the announcement, was an inspirational event.

"The display of the Soyuz capsule attracted almost 110,000 visits here - a year-on-year increase of more than 60% - including more than 4,000 schoolchildren from within Bradford district.”

ESA Astronaut Tim Peake added: “I’m incredibly proud that over 1.3 million people across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have had the chance to get up close to my Soyuz spacecraft.

"It’s wonderful how the Science Museum Group and Samsung have come together through this tour to extend the Principia Mission’s impact in inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers.”

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