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The Space Capsule has landed in Aarhus

Photo of the space capsule:  Danish Museum of Science & Technology
Photo of the space capsule: Danish Museum of Science & Technology

New exhibition: Andreas Mogensen’s space capsule has moved out of the Danish Museum of Science and Technology and into the Steno Museum where it will be on display from November 15 2018.

The space capsule Soyuz TMA-18M was send into space on September 2 2015 when it carried the first ever Danish astronaut, Andreas Mogensen, up to the international space station ISS. On its journey, the space capsule covered 100 million kilometres and now it is visiting the Steno Museum where it will be on display until April 28 2019. 

The voyage into space and back has taken its toll – if you walk around the capsule, you will find that its surface has been carbonised. The carbonisation is a result of the journey back to Earth, where the capsule had to slow down from 27,500 km/h in order to land safely on the plains of Kazakhstan. The slowing down was partially done by air resistance and the friction caused the carbonisation of the outer shell. The outside of the capsule can stand temperatures way above 1,000˚C but inside the capsule, the temperature stays on 25˚C. Looking into the capsule, you will be surprised to see how little room there was for the three astronauts.   

Besides the capsule, the exhibition also features a giant 1,000 m2 parachute, which worked as a brake when the capsule landed in Kazakhstan after the 3½-hour journey from the ISS.

In the exhibition, you can also see examples of the research that takes place at the ISS, including a tiny model of the ASIM (Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor), which is an instrument developed at DTU-space (National Space Institute of Denmark). ASIM is designed to monitor lightning and climate on Earth from the ISS. You can also see a model of a CubeSat made by Gomspace, the company from where Aarhus University has received parts for their very own satellite Delphini-1, which will soon be put into orbit from the ISS. 

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