Yesterday we nipped down to the Museum of Science & Industry (MoSI) in central Manchester.
Although we have been to the museum a few times before, it’s always worth a visit, the prompt for yesterdays trip was the temporary display of the Soyuz capsule that Major Tim Peake returned to earth in, on the 18 June 2016 following his six months in the International Space Station.
In addition to the capsule the emergency space suit that he wore was also on display.
Although there isn’t a great deal to the actual Soysuz capsule display and related bits and pieces, it is worth seeing in my opinion. I was struck by just how small it was – and even though the whole event was well documented on television and there are hours of footage available on the web, there’s nothing quite like seeing something for real to get an appreciation of it. There’s a video guide to the capsule at this link
After seeing the capsule we made our way across to the permanent displays in the Power Hall and wandered around looking at the various engines, ranging from those that were powered by water and steam to some of the huge railway locomotives on display that were made in Manchester and that were used in Pakistan and South Africa.
Of course with the age of the children then the time we spent and the level at which we looked at things was appropriate to them, but if you’re there as an adult it would be easy to while away a good half day.
After the Power Hall we wandered across the road to the Air & Space Hall, stopped for a bite to eat, before visiting the hands on Experiment section and then finally finsihing off with a drink in the cafe/bistro.
All in all another decent visit – although there was plenty more to see that we didn’t get round to and that will wait for another time.