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These Are the Sad Remains of the Soviet Space Shuttle ProgramRussian photographer and urban explorer Ralph Mirebs just published one of the saddest photoseries on space exploration. He managed to get inside an abandoned hangar at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, where two Burans—the prototype space shuttles of the Russian space program—are slowly decaying in their burial crypt. (gizmodo.com) More...
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Seriously gentleman. I don't put these up so we can turn this into a hate group. Show some class and either comment on the post and what you like about it or keep it to yourself. This is not the place to air out your laundry.
I wonder what Von Braun would think of this.
Just to add that one Buran is well conserved in a Museum in Speyer/Germany.
I CAN'T even believe anyone would try to blame Obama on vc shutting down the shuttle budget, wake up idiot!
Call me naive (I'm sure this will happen), however so long as the spirit of space exploration revolves around flag flying and chest beating...there will be no actual space exploration; just the continued addition of debris orbiting earth all geared toward making a few bucks and inflating egos. I hope that one day we will get past this, and actually begin to pursue space exploration in a serious way.
Some of the very products we use today are straight from the space race where we sent men to the moon, even if it was to show that we had the better missile arsenal to the Soviet Union. Everything from Google Earth/Maps (as well as the phone app), Corning Ware, computers (there were others working on this too) and lots of other products we use daily are a direct result of it. NASA has always had a mandate to find consumer uses for anything it develops. Satellite communications as well as TV and GPS devices one uses to find their way about town or on road trips, are all part of that space debris. If you use none of that, fine, but since you are posting here, you should not be complaining about said debris that has actual uses.