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Space exploration from another epoque
NOTICE ARCHIVE - 04/08/2022

Buran (eng. "Snowstorm" or "Blizzard) was the first spaceplane to be produced as part of the Soviet/Russian Buran space-shuttle program in response to the NASA program which 1981 put up the Columbia. The Russians feared that such space shuttles could be used as intercontinental bomb carriers and made soon up their own system as defensive reply.

Buran completed one remote controlled spaceflight in 1988, and was then stored in a hangar in Baikonur, Kazakhstan when the Soviet Union broke up. Nearby is the Cosmodrome Museum, established on November 7, 1968, the same year as Jurigj Gagarin, the first cosmonaut, passed away in an air force flight crash. As the first man to outer space he made his famous outer spaceflight in the Vostok 1 capsule which completed one orbit of Earth on 12 April 1961.

All these events have passed very fast, in a progressive 30-years interval, from the lift-off by Gagarin 1961 to the end of the Soviet space era. Today when the once so modern equipment has turned history, quite in a stone age memory condition, it is unbelievable that all these things has occurred so recent has so fast turned to junk or dissipated to nothing. 

Cosmodrome Museum Baikonur

Informal visit in a locked hangar of Buran
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