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20 Apr, 2018 17:06

Abandoned Soviet-era spacecraft captured in astounding PHOTOS

Abandoned Soviet-era spacecraft captured in astounding PHOTOS

Soviet-era spacecraft hidden in the Baikonur desert have been revealed in a series of stunning pictures. Stored in what looks like a post-apocalyptic setting, they give a rare insight into relics of the USSR’s space program.

Sitting inside abandoned hangars, the rusty spacecraft now gather dust, attracting enthusiasts and thrill-seekers from across the globe. Some such enthusiasts snuck onto a busy launching site in April 2017 to watch the once-magnificent aircraft that never actually made it to launch.

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After reaching the cosmodrome, the young adventurers ditched their car and moved on foot before managing to venture into a steppe unnoticed. Their resulting photo compilation – included in a Ruptly video – shows two shuttles and rocket from the Energia-Buran space project, now covered in dust and bird droppings. One of the vehicles is a prototype of a shuttle that conducted its only orbital flight in 1988.

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“Being inside a mock-up, you can’t even think it’s not a real spaceship,” the adventurers say on their blog, entitled ‘Unexplored World.’

Another aircraft is a model ‘Storm’ (Burya), designed for the second unmanned journey, which never happened. The Buran-Energia project was doomed, eventually halted as the Soviet Union collapsed.

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According to the blog, the “toughest” trip the group has made so far inspired the adventurers to create their own rocket.

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