Peterborough visitor numbers for Tim Peake’s space ship were out of this world

More people went to see Tim Peake’s Soyuz spaceship in Peterborough than almost anywhere else on the craft’s nationwide tour.

Thursday, 23rd May 2019, 12:27 pm
Tim Peake space capsule at Peterborough Cathedral EMN-181108-162606009

The Russian craft, which took the British astronaut to the International Space Station and back to Earth, was at Peterborough Cathedral between August and November last year. The visit was part of a tour which took it to eight cities - Peterborough,Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff, York, Manchester, Bradford and Shildon. A total of 171,361 people visited in Peterborough, second only to Edinburgh, where 542,575 people saw the historic craft. The Dean of Peterborough, the Very Revd Chris Dalliston, said: “It was a great privilege to be part of this remarkable tour. The presence of the Soyuz spacecraft in the Cathedral not only attracted large numbers of visitors, but also prompted questions about the relationship between science and faith and humanity’s place in the universe. To have such a wonderful exhibition during the Cathedral’s 900th anniversary year was the icing on the cake.” During the exhibition in Peterborough, The Museum Of The Moon also visited - with a huge scale model of the moon installed in teh historic building. In total, more than 1.3 million people saw the exhibition, which also included Tim’s spacesuit, the parachute which eased the spaceship back to Earth, and a VR experience. The craft will now go on display at the Science Museum in London.

Tim Peake capsule and parachute installed at Peterborough Cathedral. EMN-181008-094713009
Tim Peake capsule and parachute installed at Peterborough Cathedral. EMN-181008-094936009

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Tim Peake capsule and parachute installed at Peterborough Cathedral. EMN-181008-094958009
Tim Peake capsule and parachute installed at Peterborough Cathedral. EMN-181008-094541009
Tim Peake capsule and parachute installed at Peterborough Cathedral. EMN-181008-094627009
Tim Peake capsule and parachute installed at Peterborough Cathedral. EMN-181008-095033009
Tim Peake capsule and parachute installed at Peterborough Cathedral. EMN-181008-094914009
Tim Peake space capsule at Peterborough Cathedral EMN-181108-162020009
Tim Peake space capsule at Peterborough Cathedral EMN-181108-162115009
Tim Peake space capsule at Peterborough Cathedral EMN-181108-162320009
Tim Peake space capsule at Peterborough Cathedral EMN-181108-162510009
Tim Peake space capsule at Peterborough Cathedral EMN-181108-162555009
Tim Peake space capsule at Peterborough Cathedral. Tim Peake with school children Alex (8), Rosie (8), Charlie (7) and Oscar (8) who asked questions. EMN-181108-162628009
Tim Peake space capsule at Peterborough Cathedral. EMN-181108-162650009
Visitors to the Tim Peake exhibition at Peterborough Cathedral. EMN-181108-181056009
Moon exhibition opens at Peterborough Cathedral EMN-180710-185230009
Moon exhibition opens at Peterborough Cathedral EMN-180710-185254009
Moon exhibition at Peterborough Cathedral EMN-180810-122826009