Semmi különös, csak egy fotósorozat az elfelejtett szovjet űrsiklókról

Nem mindennapi dologra vállalkozott egy orosz filmrendező: Alexander Kaunas 24 mérföldet gyalogolt a sivatagban, hogy láthassa, mit rejt az a régi szovjet hangár, ahol hosszú évek óta már a madár sem jár. És nem csalódott: amikor társával bementek a hangárba, elállt a szavuk, ott ugyanis két Buran űrsiklót és egy hatalmas rakétát találtak.

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Az űrsiklók megépültek ugyan, de sosem jártak az űrben, a Buran űrsikló-építő program 1993-as leállítása után pedig egész egyszerűen elfeledkezett róluk mindenki. Most viszont Kaunas fotósorozatának köszönhetően ismét sokan felfigyeltünk rá, és ki tudja, talán végre rendeződik a sorsuk – mondjuk ideális esetben múzeumba kerülhetnének.

Eerie photographs have emerged showing how USSR-era space shuttles have been left to rust in an abandoned desert hangar in Kazakhstan

The test shuttle explorers were found inside a derelict Soviet warehouse near the Cosmodrome Baikonur, 125 miles east of the Aral Sea

In the same building, photographers pictured a vast Energia rocket (pictured), designed to propel the Buran, an unmanned space plane, into orbit

Alexander Kaunas, from Russia, said he walked 24 miles through the desert to reach the hangar - once a hub of activity but now left derelict - and photograph the unused shuttles and rocket. He got close enough to picture the interior of one of the shuttles (above)

Both shuttles were both developed as part of Moscow's Buran programme which was shut down in 1993 - but neither of the craft were sent to space

Both shuttles were both developed as part of Moscow's Buran programme which was shut down in 1993 - but neither of the craft were sent to space

The super-strong Energia was a launch vehicle designed to propel the Buran, an unmanned spaceplane, into orbit in the 1970s. The USSR built the rocket to compete with Nasa's Saturn V, the that supported the Apollo mission to the moon

Like Nasa's Space Shuttles, the Buran vehicles had engines located at the back, and two wings for a controlled landing back on Earth. Two test shuttles (pictured) from the programme remain in a rusting hangar in Kazakhstan

Like Nasa's Space Shuttles, the Buran vehicles had engines located at the back, and two wings for a controlled landing back on Earth. Two test shuttles (pictured) from the programme remain in a rusting hangar in Kazakhstan

Talán neked is feltűnt, hogy a Buran nagyon hasonlít az amerikai űrsiklókra. Ugyanaz a forma és méret, sőt, még a színek sem különböznek. Ez nem véletlen – sokan azt állítják, hogy az oroszok ellopták az amerikaiaktól az eredeti terveket, hogy aztán ők is nekiálljanak megépíteni a saját űrsiklóikat.

Development of the Buran programme began in 1976, with the reusable spacecraft capable of performing operations in orbit before returning to Earth

The space relic was built during the great space race between the USSR and the US. The heavy-lift vehicle was originally planned for a lunar mission which was later abandoned

The space relic was built during the great space race between the USSR and the US. The heavy-lift vehicle was originally planned for a lunar mission which was later abandoned

A Buran-program 1976-ban indult, de Moszkva 1993-ban végleg leállíttatta.

The large hangar - once a hub of activity but now left derelict - located near to the Baikonur Cosmodrome, is still used to launch Soyuz rockets today

Kaunas, a film director, was thrilled once he reached the shuttles and spent three nights sleeping inside the abandoned area

The giant hangar that houses the rocket was actually an assembly complex and, measuring 433ft (132 metres) long by 203ft (62 metres) in height, it is the largest building at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The area is surrounded by desert

The rocket Kaunas pictured was designed by Russia's top space agency, to act as a heavy-lift launch system and booster for the Buran spaceplane

 

Forrás: DailyMail.co.uk

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