Year 1908... There isn't yet a hint of the First World War and the followed it revolution. The economy of the Russian Empire is rising. The metallurgical plant in neighboring Satka city has already been working for 150 years and the Uralian part
of the Trans-Siberian Railway has already been finished. In such favorable conditions, the aristocratic family of Mordvinovs decides to build a unique for those times enterprise - a power station and a plant in one bunch.
These photos were taken in the Plesetsk cosmodrome during preparations of the rocket for a launch:
from the transportation to the assembly place to the installation on the launch platform.
The construction of the Crimean Nuclear Power Plant was started many years ago, in far 1975. Then, the state spent millions of Soviet rubles on it (according to some sources, even billions). But when the plant was almost finished in 1989, it was decided to stop its construction. Why? Because the memories of the recent disaster at Chernobyl were still very fresh. Besides, a new political situation, the
views of environmentalists and many other factors played their role as well. Now this abandoned facility is included in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's most expensive nuclear reactor which remained unfinished. Imagine the scale - it had to provide the entire Crimea with electricity. Let's have a walk around its ruins and look at the process of its dismantling.
The international exhibition Memorial-2011 took place in Moscow on the
22 and 23 of June. It was aimed at memorization of perished soldiers.
Here is a set of pictures made by a pilot-cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin during the flight of the 25th
expedition to the International Space Station. Click on the photos to see full scale images.
In 1954 Vladimir Demikhov shocked the world by showing a monster created surgically, it was a two-headed dog. The scientist created this
animal in a lab on Moscow outskirts. He transplanted a head, shoulders and front legs of a puppy on a neck of an adult German shepherd.
Let's make an excursion to the Novosibirsk HPP. This time we won't use any technical
terms and will try to explain the principle of its work as accessibly as possible.
The Ka-50 (or Hokum' in NATO parlance) is one of two attack helicopters (the other being the Mi-28)
that were developed against a Russian army requirement for a new close air support helicopter.
The dangerous weapon of the millennium is located in the museum of Zarechny town.
The museum keeps exhibits that used to be modern and secret just some time ago.