Lego Soyuz spacecraft lands at Newton's home

Children playing inside the Lego model of the Soyuz Capsule

Gravity has pulled an unusual object to earth from space and it has landed at Woolsthorpe Manor. It’s a two-thirds scale Lego® model of the Soyuz Descent Module. Yes, a spacecraft constructed from those iconic bricks!

In December 2015, British astronaut Tim Peake embarked on the Principia mission to the International Space Station, where he spent six months orbiting the Earth.  When he returned to Earth, he did so in the Soyuz TMA-19M descent module. It is that descent module (replicated out of Lego®) that you’ll discover in our barn.  

Built by Bright Bricks, Lego® master builders, the model is constructed from 160,000 Lego bricks and took 650 hours to build! An impressive feat of engineering and dedication. Watch the Lego Soyuz construction here.

See the model Soyuz for yourself; get up close, take a #SpaceSelfie and imagine what it feels like to travel back to Kazakhstan in a capsule the size of a small car. 

It’s thanks to the UK Space Agency that the capsule has made a detour to Lincolnshire, bringing the excitement of space travel, and Lego, to Newton’s home.

Checking out the Lego bricks!
Children playing inside the Lego Soyuz Capsule
Checking out the Lego bricks!

Much of Isaac Newton’s pioneering work set out in Principia Mathematica is vital to modern space flight.  That is why Tim Peake’s mission was named Principia, after the work which laid out Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation.   Not only did he name the mission Principia, but he took some very special pips from Newton’s gravity-inspiring tree with him.

Reading Newton's landmark work on gravity Principia Mathematica
Tim Peake reading Isaac Newton's Principia in space
Reading Newton's landmark work on gravity Principia Mathematica

Newton’s Pips in Space were returned to Earth and have been maturing into Space Saplings that should find new homes later this year. You can find out more about the Space Saplings below.

Have fun with your future astronauts at Newton’s home; test Newton’s theories used in spaceflight and encounter space travel in the Lego® Soyuz Descent Module.

Partnership Manager Jannette Warrener, Jeremy Curtis of the UK Space Agency and Dallas Campbell from the BBC's Big Bang programme with pips from Isaac Newton's apple tree at Woolsthorpe Manor, Lincolnshire .

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