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Soyuz TMA-19M descent module, S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Public Corporation Energia
Interior view of Soyuz TMA-19M descent module, S.P
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Space Technology
Date
2015
Location
Rossiya
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overall: 2024 mm 2017 mm, 1650 kg
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Soyuz TMA-19M descent module, S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Public Corporation Energia , Russia, 2015
The Russian made Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft is the first flown, human-rated spacecraft to be acquired by the United Kingdom. This is the actual spacecraft that took astronauts Yuri Malenchenko, Tim Kopra and Britain s Tim Peake up to the ISS in 2015 and then returned them safely to the Earth the following year. It was Peake s first spaceflight, Kopra s 2nd and Yuri Malenchenko s 5th. It was the first time two Tims had shared a space mission! Their spacecraft flew through Earth s atmosphere at 17,000 miles per hour and temperatures of more than 1500oC, leaving its outer surface melted and charred.
Spaceflight is extremely dangerous; the first manned Soyuz mission ended in tragedy when it crashed to Earth killing cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov. But Soyuz is now a stalwart of human spaceflight.
It was designed in the early 1960s as a three-person replacement to the single seater Vostok. Soyuz ( union in Russian), unlike its predecessor, would be capable of subtle manoeuvring, rendezvousing and docking with other spacecraft. It would have been capable of lunar missions an unmanned version called Zond did just that in 1968, the first spacecraft to travel around the Moon and back to Earth.
Now, Soyuz is the only means of ferrying humans to and from the ISS.
During the descent, the spacecraft deployed its parachute, fired its retrorockets and hit the Kazakhstan steppe on 18 June 2016.
ESA Astronaut Tim Peake said:
You do become very attached to your spacecraft because it definitely does save your life, and I m absolutely delighted that my Soyuz spacecraft, the TMA-19M, is going to be returning here to the UK and may serve, hopefully, as inspiration for our next generation of scientists and engineers.
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