The Soviet Union launched Sputnik and gave the United States a run for its money in the Space Race. But after the U.S.S.R. went under, all of its brilliant Space Age facilities were left to crumble. Looking at the ruins is like gazing at a fallen space empire.

A factory of the NPO Energomash VP Glushko, Khimki, Moscow state

The abandoned factory made liquid propellant rocket engines starting in the 1950s.

(via Lana Sator)

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Institute-4 or Military Unit 25840, Yubileiny, Moscow region

This was a flight control centre for the first Earth satellites and the flight of Yuri Gagarin. In the 1990s it lost its "closed military city" status, and some people occupied the empty laboratories and buildings.

Electricity is often off because of an overload, and the water comes from fire hydrants. It's not clean enough tp drink, though, so the inhabitants have to use filters.

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Abandoned parts of Baikonur Cosmodrome, now in Kazakhstan

(via English Russia and Drugoi)

A space communication center near Fryazino, Moscow region

The underground support structures are flooded, so maybe the machines are still there.

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Irbene audioastronomy center, near Riga, Latvia

An entire closed military town was built here with three huge radiotelescopes for space surveillance. One of them was used to monitoring phone calls between the Norwegian submarine centers and the USA. These telescopes are still used, but the city and the other buildings are completely abandoned.

(via Mike Seryakov)

A secret laboratory, somewhere in the Moscow region

This laboratory of metallography is abandoned since the early 2000s.

This device was probably used for testing some equipment in a vacuum.

Some devices are still unwrapped.

A book about the American Space Shuttles and the office of a scientist.

(via Sao Rise)

44th Independent Command and Measurement Complex, Kazakhstan

This complex was built to track the first satellite, the Sputnik 1.

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