Abandoned remains from the Soviet Shuttle Program

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What happens when space programs are left to die? In the wake of the Soviet Union's collapse, the Buran reusable spacecraft program was canceled, leaving the launchpads and equipment to decay.

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The Soviet Union launched the Buran program in 1974 to create a reusable aircraft, similar to the NASA Space Shuttle. The Buran spacecraft completed an unmanned orbital flight in 1988, but was destroyed in a hangar collapse in 2002. Another Buran program craft, OK-GLI, was used in 25 suborbital test flights and now resides in Germany's Technikmuseum Speyer. But this is what remains of the launchpads used for Buran flights.

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Abandoned Remains of the Russian Space Shuttle Project Buran [World of Mysteries via Neatorama]

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