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3 New Rocket Goes to the Launchpad

New Rocket Goes to the Launchpad

A new Soyuz2 rocket is ordered to be prepared for a launch. This is being classified as a lighter rocket compared to the bigger ones used before and it is only the second one built to date. Here we can see the photos of how it looks and a video of a launch itself. The rocket is being guarded by special army forces throughout all the time spent travelling to a launchpad.
Officers are on report. Please note plastic bags on their feet - this is done to maintain extra cleanness inside of the facility. Some of the similar launches are performed from Plesetsk - a place deep in the woods, close to the White Sea.   And a video:
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2 Space Rocket Being Assembled

Space Rocket Being Assembled

This is how the assembly of the rocket "Proton" is being finished before its launch planned for later this month. In the photos you can see how the future satellites are being "stuffed" next to each other,
together with the parts of the engines which are used to propel the whole installation and then the parts of outer shell of the rocket are mounted. Photos are clickable for a larger, widescreen view.
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30 Largest Oil Refinery in Europe is on Fire

Largest Oil Refinery in Europe is on Fire

"Neftekamskneftehim" is the largest oil refinery in Europe. It is located in Tatarstan, Russia and today, at 7.00pm Moscow
Time, dozens of firemen were urgently summoned as the oil giant started burning. More photos and videos inside.
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0 More Winter in Chernobyl

More Winter in Chernobyl

Some more photos of the Nuclear Winter - Winter of Chernobyl. As people say this year winter there wasn't too snowy, however the temperature went far below zero, as low as -25
C. So the photos were made in one of those colder days when the bright Sun shone thru the ice freezing air on the abandoned postapocalyptic structures of Pripyat.
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1 Soviet Atomic Flagship

Soviet Atomic Flagship

Shared by one of our readers, Steve, this is a video from the era when Soviet documentaries were still being translated into foreign languages. This particular one tells a story of an atomic icebreaker that could sustain people deep into the polar ice
fields without any need of external sources of heat or fuel, which was really groundbreaking technology at the time and is still pretty cool even now. There is one more documentary on atomic power in Soviet Russia as a bonus inside:
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1 A Flight Into The Future

A Flight Into The Future

Let's visit a new A350-900 XWB (MSN3) jetliner which is related to a family of new-generation aircraft
that corresponds to the requirements of the market perfectly due to the size, range and comfort.
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6 The Biggest Command Ship In The World

The Biggest Command Ship In The World

The "Ural" was a command ship operated by the Soviet Navy. She was intended to be a communications
vessel. The electronics and combat missions of this ship used to be closely guarded secrets.
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3 Failed Rocket Start

Failed Rocket Start

Lot of disappoinment caused the latest failure of Proton rocket to carry the GLONASS navigation satellites up to the orbit. It's pretty interesting that out of more than twenty five launches this and last year only two were failures but both carried the GLONASS sats and no any GLONASS equipment were present during successful launches, which make them to
speak about the "curse of GLONASS". Others say it might be a money laundering by the scientists who want to cover up their misuse of the funds. However all those are just rumors that circulate around in blogs etc, what we have is a pretty spectacular video of a rocket failing and a news anchor failing to perceive what he is seeing.
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13 Spooky Reaserch Centre Abandoned In the 90s

Spooky Reaserch Centre Abandoned In the 90s

This is an abandoned scientific and research institute of the special purpose which closed back in the 90s due to
some unknown reasons. Its premises are preserved rather well so it is quite curious to see them today.
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9 Space In the Palms of Abandoned Antennas

Space In the Palms of Abandoned Antennas

Dozens of kilometres afoot along snow, hardly passable path leading through the forest and soon we come to an abandoned site "F-3" of the science tracking station-14 which
accomodates a transmitting antenna S-200P of the complex "Saturn-MS-DRC" and a two-storey underground command center of communication. Let's have a walk along the territory.
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