• Question: Where does the capsule that Tim landed in go now?

    Asked by spacefan226 to Andrea, Charlie 🚀, Col Op, Kirsty, Vinita on 20 Jun 2016.
    • Photo: Andrea Boyd

      Andrea Boyd answered on 20 Jun 2016:

      If the country flew their first astronaut on that Soyuz then they usually request it for their national museum. After they unpack all the cargo, Roscosmos is happy for anyone that wants to take the Soyuz. If noone requests it then it just sits outside with other Soyuz in Kazakhstan or Russia.

      That’s just the shell though. The inside has ALL the components taken out, and many are recycled and re-used in future missions. Russian space technology is very robust like that. Sometimes museums will put a display interior back in so it looks good, but the real space controls and inside are always fully removed.

      There is one Soyuz 7K in the National Space Centre in Leicester right now (amazing place to visit if you haven’t already!) and I know of some others in Europe:

      Soyuz 28 (11F615A8 #45) 02/03/1978 Gubarev, Remek (CZ) Letecké Muzeum Kbely Prague Czech Republic

      Soyuz 29 (11F615A8 #46) 15/06/1978 Kovalyonok, Ivanchenkov, Jähn (DE – Landing) Militärhistorisches Museum Dresden Germany

      Soyuz 30 (11F615A9 #67) 27/06/1978 Klimuk, Hermaszweski (PL) Muzeum Polskiej Techniki Wojskowej Warsaw Poland

      Soyuz 35 (11F615A8 #51) 09/04/1980 Popov, Ryumin, Farkas (HU – landing) Közlekedési Múzeum Budapest Hungary

      Soyuz 33 (11F615A8 #49) 10/04/1979 Rukavishnikov, Ivanov (BG) Museum of Aviation Plovdiv Krumovo Bulgaria

      Soyuz 40 (11F615A8 #56) 14/05/1981 Popov, Prunariu (RO) Muzeul Militar Bucharest Romania

      Soyuz T-6 (11F732 #9L) 24/06/1982 Dzhanibekov, Ivanchenkov, Chrétien (FR) Musée de l’air et de l’espace Paris France

      Soyuz TM-19 (11F732 #68) 01/07/1994 Malenchenko, Musabayev, Merbold (DE) Technik Museum Speyer Germany

      Space Expo (I don’t know exactly which Soyuz, but have seen one there) in Noordwijk Netherlands

      There are of course a TON in Russia and Kazakhstan and a few in museums in Cuba, USA, India, Saudi and some other places that I don’t know offhand.

      So… hopefully the UK has requested it and it can go in the National Space Museum too!!