A Trafford schoolboy who won a Blue Peter competition to design Tim Peake’s mission badge enjoyed a VIP visit to the Museum of Science and Industry where the astronaut’s Soyuz spacecraft and Sokol space suit are currently on display.
Troy Wood won the competition in 2014 and has since been using the experience to inspire others, particularly local Scout Association groups.
“Ever since I won the Blue Peter competition to design Tim Peake's mission patch in 2014, I have followed Tim's journey to the International Space Station with interest. From watching the launch at the National Space Centre in Leicester to being invited to Downing Street for Tim's homecoming party, every step of the way has been incredible. I was even being invited to talk at the Principia Schools Conference at York University where I learned that 1.5 million school children had had some sort of involvement in this mission which was amazing.
“It was amazing to visit the exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry. Tim Peake's Soyuz capsule has literally just landed complete with scorch marks and the huge parachute to slow its descent back to Earth. I enjoyed a very informative talk from a museum guide explaining how the Soyuz rocket works and how Tim came back down to Earth after six months on the ISS. It was also fantastic to see Tim's Sokol KV-2 Spacesuit which would have kept him alive had the rocket depressurised during his journey.”
Troy completed his visit by participating in the Space Descent VR experience at the museum, a virtual reality encounter which puts people in charge of the Soyuz capsule as it returns to Earth, and which is narrated by Tim Peake.
Troy said he would “highly recommend” the experience.
The Soyuz spacecraft is on display as part of a national tour created by global technology innovators Samsung and the Science Museum Group. It is at the Museum of Science and Industry until Sunday 15 May.
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About the Museum of Science and Industry
The Museum of Science and Industry tells the story of where science met industry and the modern world began. Manchester was one of the first global, industrial cities, and its epic rise, decline and resurrection has been echoed in countless other cities around the world. From textiles to computers, the objects and documents held in the museum’s collection tell stories of everyday life over the last 200 years, from light bulbs to locomotives. The museum’s mission is to inspire all its visitors, including future scientists and inventors, with the story of how ideas can change the world, from the industrial revolution to today and beyond.
The Museum of Science and Industry is part of the Science Museum Group, a family of museums which also includes the Science Museum in London; the National Railway Museum in York and Shildon; and the Science and Media Museum in Bradford. The Science Museum Group is devoted to the history and contemporary practice of science, medicine, technology, industry and media. With 5 million visitors each year and an unrivalled collection, it is the most significant group of museums of science and innovation worldwide.
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About the Soyuz TMA-19M descent module
- Soyuz TMA-19M carried astronauts Yuri Malenchenko (Commander, Russia), Tim Kopra (Flight Engineer, USA) and Tim Peake (Flight Engineer, UK) to the International Space Station on 15 December 2015 and returned the same crew to Earth on 18 June 2016.
- The crew was part of Expeditions 46 and 47 to the International Space Station.
- The outer surfaces have been charred by temperatures of around 1,500 degrees Celsius experienced during atmospheric re-entry.
- The module weighs approximately 1.5 tonnes.
Marking the 110th birthday of legendary Russian space chief Sergei Korolev and the the UK-Russia Year of Science and Education, the display of Soyuz TMA-19M celebrates the truly global effort behind space exploration today. Manufactured by RSC Energia for ROSCOSMOS the Russian Space Agency, the Soyuz tells the story of the UK’s first European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut’s journey to the International Space Station (ISS).