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February 10, 2012 at 8:25 PM

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Soyuz spacecraft put on display at The Museum of Flight


The Soyuz TMA-14 spacecraft was delivered to The Museum of Flight in Seattle on Friday, February 10, 2012. The spacecraft, which transported former Microsoft executive Charles Simonyi to the International Space Station, is on display in the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery.

The newest addition to The Museum of Flight arrived on Friday: a Soyuz TMA-14 spacecraft. Charles Simonyi, a former Microsoft executive, used the spacecraft in training and to travel to the International Space Station. He purchased the Soyuz and has placed it on permanent loan to the museum, where it will be displayed in the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery.

When asked if being a software expert helps in space Simonyi said, "It helps in understanding systems and being part of a mission."

The museum said they do not know how much Simonyi paid for the Soyuz. A team from the Russian Space Agency will unpack the Soyuz for display but the public can see the spacecraft immediately.

Visit the photo gallery for more images, read more about the exhibit and watch a walk around the spacecraft in the video below.

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How cool is that? I cant wait to see it. Thanks rich guy! MORE