Birmingham’s Millennium Point shortlisted for Tim Peake Spacecraft venue

Millenium Point’s Thinktank Science museum has been shortlisted as one of the potential venues to host Astronaut Tim Peake’s spacecraft.

The Science Museum Group and Samsung have created ‘The National Tour of Tim Peake’s Spacecraft and Space Descent VR’. Potential venues have been bidding for the chance to host the tour.

Matt Lovell,Press Officer at Millennium Point, said:

“We put in the application to have Tim Peake’s spacecraft at millennium point because we thought it would be a fantastic addition to the Thinktank museum.”

The spaceship, formally known as ‘Soyuz TMA-19M‘, was used for Tim Peake’s space mission from 2015-16. Peake was the first British European Space Agency Astronaut and the seventh UK born person in space.

“It’s a fantastic thing to bring for educational purposes. There’s a Virtual Reality aspect too – you’re re-enacting Tim Peake’s descent from space, back down to earth and he’s narrating the journey.”

The host of the next stage of the tour is set to be announced on 9th March, with several judges from both the Science Museum Group and Samsung having the final say.

Millenium Point also added that they believe it would be a major boost to Birmingham and wider West Midlands area, with the Birmingham Eastside venue being the only space with the potential to bring the tour to the area.

“It would be brilliant to bring something that’s going to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers in Birmingham.”

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