Here’s a collection of sad photos of the remains of the Soviet space shuttle program. Despite better technical solutions than the American program, it was cancelled after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The photos taken by Ralph Mirebs show a space harbor in the Baikonur Cosmodrom and two incompleted space shuttles.
It has been more than two decades since those heavy sliding doors were open.
This building was designed by the Izhevsk institute “Prikampromproekt”. It is 132 meters long and 62 meters height.
Under the ceiling there are three cranes, each of them has a lifting capacity of 400 tons.
Currently, within the complex there are two spacecrafts. One of which is the prototype called Buran (eng. Snowstorm or Blizzard).
Here are passenger gates, ramps for getting on board the orbiting ships.
Here are two historical photographs showing the use of technology platforms.
Let’s go down to the spacecraft.
Part of the thermal protection tiles fell off, cabin windows broken.