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Tim Peake’s historic capsule lands in November, along with a space-age virtual reality experience narrated by the astronaut himself.

On 18 June 2016, Tim Peake returned to Earth in the Soyuz TMA-19M descent module after six months on board the International Space Station, where he conducted experiments, walked in space and even ran a marathon.

The Science Museum Group and Samsung have joined forces to bring this historic piece of engineering to Locomotion from 22 November.

Ages 13+ can also retrace Tim’s 400km journey back to Earth from the ISS in Space Descent VR, an out-of-this-world virtual reality experience narrated by Tim Peake himself. Use Samsung Gear VR to enjoy a 360⁰ look inside the Soyuz capsule and experience the thrill of being an astronaut.

How to get here

Nearest train station: Shildon 

Distance from train station: 1.0 mile, 20 min walk

Directions from train station: Follow signs for Locomotion


Locomotion - The National Railway Museum at Shildon
Dale Road Industrial Estate
Shildon DL4 2RE

Tel: 08448 153139

Opening times

Open daily: 10.00–16.00

10.00–17.00 in summer (from 25 March)

Closed 24–26 December and 1 January

On 22 November the museum opens at 13.00 for the launch of Tim Peake’s Spacecraft exhibition

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