27 World Biggest Helicopter: Mi 26

World Biggest Helicopter: Mi 26

This helicopter was flying over the burning reactor of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and over hot spots around the world in the UN peacekeeping missions. It carry cargoes with weight of twenty tons at the distance of 2000 km (1242 miles). The diameter of its screw is equal
to the wingspan of Boeing-737. It has two engines, 11 000 hp each. Mi-26 is the largest serial transport helicopter in the world! "Utair" air company uses the biggest helicopters, the fleet of the company amounts to 352 helicopters, 25 of them are Mi-26.

2 Space Rocket Monument In Moscow

Space Rocket Monument In Moscow

This is a copy of the space rocket "Vostok" ("East") located at the All Russia Exhibition Hall (VDNKH) in Moscow. The family of rockets "Vostok"
launched the first artificial satellite and the first manned spacecraft in human history. It was a subset of the R-7 family of rockets.
5 Life Goes On No Matter What

Life Goes On No Matter What

The Chernobyl tragedy happened quarter of a century ago but the zone keeps living its own life. Everyone knows that the Chernobyl reactor was located on the territory of
Ukraine, however it was Belarus that suffered most from the disaster. Today we are going to visit one of the districts of this country contaminated by radionuclides.
12 The Old Plant Producing Nitrogen

The Old Plant Producing Nitrogen

"Novomoscovsky Azot" ("New Moscow Nitrogen") was the plant where during the war one type of Molotov cocktail was developed. It is
romoured to be abandoned but it is not. Th huge plant is still functioning and is ready to welcome us on its territory.

17 Tupolev Planes

Tupolev Planes

Experimental Design Bereau "Tupolev", producing "Tu" airplanes, has recently celebrated its
90th anniversary. That is why we want you to see this selection of the bereau planes.

8 The Main Building of the Russian Sciences

The Main Building of the Russian Sciences

The main building of the Russian Institute of Sciences is situated in south-west of Moscow. It has more than twenty storeys. It looks quite original due to its top. People often call the building "golden brains". The architecture was made in the spirit of scientific vanguard. The building was "dressed" in marble and glass to make people
be proud of the Russian science and reverently tremble at a single glass at the construction. According to one legend that the "golden brains" are a huge solar battery. Though this is not true. It's technical ventilation and elevator rooms, a kitchen of "Sky lounge" restaurant which are inside "the brains".
17 The New Crew Is About to Come to the ISS

The New Crew Is About to Come to the ISS

A carrier rocket "Soyuz-FG" was launched from Baikonur cosmodrome with a manned spacecraft "Soyuz TMA-06M" and the new ISS crew. Cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky (Roscosmos), Eugene Tarelkin (Roscosmos) and Kevin Ford (NASA) went to the near-Earth orbit. The docking of the new Russian "Soyuz" with the ISS should happen today, on October, 25th. For the
Russians Novitsky and Tarelkin it's the first flight into space, while Ford is flying for the second time. The flight of the new crew at the station is planned to last 148 days. They have to unload four transport ships "Progress" and one European truck ATV-4. The crew of the 33rd expedition is not planned to have spacewalks.

0 Underground Magic

Underground Magic

Ruskealsky gap is a place in Karelia. It's a huge hole about ten meters (33 ft) deep with water on its bottom. As locals say it formed in the 1960s after strong explosions
in the neighbouring quarry. The roof of the old waterlogged tunnels broke and fell into the water. A huge hole 20 x 30 m (65x100 ft) appeared on the surface.

4 Ants At Home, Part II

Ants At Home, Part II

Last year we showed you how one guy built a place for his ants to live in. This year he realized that the family
has grown too much and needs another apartment. Attention: better don't read this post while eating.
5 Experimenting With Electricity

Experimenting With Electricity

The author of these works is Alexey Parshukov but nothing else is known about him. Some say that this is real electric current on his photos. Other say it's
not possible. People keep arguing trying to prove it's them who learnt physics better at school. But what do you think? Can it be real?

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