Space André Kuipers arrived at the museum in Noordwijk
The space capsule of astronaut André Kuipers has arrived at his final destination. The Soyuz TMA-03M is an integral part of ruimtemuseum Space Expo in Noordwijk.
On Monday, it is the private unveiling. Kuipers yourself, travel companion, Oleg Kononenko and Dutch minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs are among others at present. From Tuesday, the public can see the vessel view.
The Space Expo has the Soyuz, bought from Russia. The museum has about 450,000 euros is paid for, including transport, insurance and restoration. A truck has the capsule this summer from Moscow to the Netherlands. The ride of 2500 miles took about five days.
Kuipers was on 21 december 2011, launched from the ruimtebasis Bajkonoer in Kazakhstan. Two days later he came on in the ISS, about 400 kilometers above the earth. There carried he about a half a long time all kinds of scientific experiments.
On 1 July 2012 he returned to Kuipers back on earth. No Dutchman was ever so long at a stretch in space. It was for Kuipers, the second space mission.