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Tim Peake’s spacecraft lands at the National Railway Museum

One of the most exciting exhibits in decades, Tim Peake’s spacecraft, landed at the National Railway Museum on 17 January for a three-month stay.

The Soyuz TMA-19M capsule complete with re-entry char marks on its outer body is at the museum until 8 March as part of a nationwide tour, thanks to a partnership between the Science Museum Group and Samsung.

We couldn’t wait to celebrate its arrival and show it off to our key clients and agents, so we held an exclusive preview dinner. We welcomed 75 guests from a range of companies and agencies, including Visit York, Mosaic Events, Nestle, Inntel, NYS, Press Association and Banks Sadler, to name a few.

The evening began with a drinks reception of Prosecco and space-themed cocktails, served while guests enjoyed their first views of the spacecraft and parachute, lit up and in pride of place on the Great Hall turntable. Guests were also able to take a 360° look inside the capsule and feel the thrill of being an astronaut themselves by retracing Tim’s 400km journey back to Earth from the ISS via the Space Descent VR experience—narrated by Tim Peake himself.

Following a welcome from Museum Director Judith McNicol, guests sat down to a three-course themed dinner from our catering partner Levy UK. Space-themed dishes included a ‘Flying Saucer’ starter of smoked salmon and crab, ‘A Galaxy of Broth’ main with roast chicken and chorizo and ‘Tim Peake’s Apple’ trio of desserts, comprising of a tarte Tatin, apple sorbet and apple crumble.

Towards the end of their meal, one of the museum’s resident Explainers Alan Flower gave an insightful and entertaining talk about the spacecraft and its incredible journey back to Earth.

With an ever-increasing demand for once-in-a-lifetime experiences, an evening around such an exciting object was not to be missed. We are always looking to innovate and enhance the experience for guests and add a new dimension to the exciting new content we secure at the museum.