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Tim Beake: An avian astronaut visits the museum

Two Tims. One is a well-loved British astronaut. The other... is a rubber duck. So what links Peake and Beake?

The Manchester Duck Race has become an Easter institution in the city, and has some out-of-this world celebrity fans, including Tim Peake himself! Tim tweeted the organisers following last year’s race to express his support, and shared a picture of his ducky doppleganger, Tim Beake.

So, when Tim’s spacecraft and space suit landed here at the Museum of Science and Industry a few weeks ahead of this year’s race, we wanted to invite Tim Beake to see his famous namesake’s amazing objects.

Here he is admiring the Soyuz spacecraft that Tim Peake sat in during his journey to and from the International Space Station:

A rubber duck decorated like an astronaut, Tim Beake, admires astronaut Tim Peake's Soyuz spacecraft
“He must be quackers!”, said Tim Beake

And here he is wondering if he could fit inside Tim’s Sokol (Russian for “Falcon”) space suit, which has gone on display to the public for the first time ever, following its acquisition by the Science Museum Group:

A giant rubber duck looks at Tim Peake's astronaut space suit
One small step for man, one giant splash for ducky-kind

And you might think that ducks only quack, but this one tweets as well:

It was huge fun having Tim Beake visit the museum—but it’s for a serious cause. All money raised by the Manchester Duck Race supports Brainwave, a charity that exists to help children with disabilities and additional needs to achieve greater independence by aiming to improve mobility, communication skills and learning potential through a range of educational and physical therapies.

The Duck Race takes place on the River Irwell on Good Friday, 30 March, at 11.00.  Head to their website to find out about all the ways you can help.

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