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  2. Look at those cool shoes in the last picture! Is that what the Cosmonauts wore? If so, then it’s no wonder this piece of junk never flew in space!

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  8. Another example of Russian achievement in high tech engineering.we wish someday this kind of space vehicle will fly again soon.”but i am sure,Space bureau replace cosmonaut`s shoes,in last pic”.

  9. I’ve often wondered what the story is behind the fact this machine was similar to the U.S. Shuttle in appearance and operation. Was it a Soviet espionage success? Or just some Americans willing to sell secrets for a fast buck?

    • I wonder what America will do for 5 years without the Shuttle while Russia has an assembly line for Progress ships and ESA is making good use of that? And ESA also has Jules Verne…

      Don’t forget Buran did not need silly humans to fly it LOL

      Even Robert Bigelow from my home of Las Vegas, of Bigelow Aerospace is using Russia to launch his space hotel from Kosmotras

      Does anyone know where I can get good pictures of Kosmotras?

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  11. It’s shuttle 2.01, you can tell from the pattern of missing tiles.

  12. Yes it did fly. The buran flew several unmanned orbits and came back to land on the airstrip without problems… It was a great achievement.

  13. It seems it was never finished. Possibly it is only a model used for static testing etc?

    BTW, “Buran” means “Redneck” in Czech 🙂

  14. Well, those tiles does look like styrofoam with the small bubbles and all and you’d expect a lot more stuff inside… It is most likely only a modell for exercises or else.
    Not that I would not like it in my backyard. 🙂

    • The tiles are basically foam. But they’re a ceramic glass foam (98% pure silica) and the color is just a coating. 95% of the volume of the tile is empty bubbles, which is what reduces heat transmission through the tile. Here’s a picture of the tiles from the US space shuttle:


  15. Too bad someone at the Air and Space Museum in Washington DC doesn’t know about this. I wonder if they’d be interested in preserving it. Such a shame to let that thing go to waste.

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  17. The next Russian hit movie, “Dude, wheres my Buran”. Also under working title of “Dr. Циолко́вскиy or: How I learned to stop caring, and hate the future of Russian Rocketry.”

  18. So ummm Anyone living close to this wreck… could you slip over and get me a tile? It would go really well in my collection..

    I’m not rich but I can send a few worthless American dollars for the effort..



  19. The Russian Suttle was never meant to actually go into space. They were built to prove a point to the world and the people of Russia, that Russia has the technology to build a space shuttle. Russia was runing out of money and toward the end, the goal was just to build ”something” that was a shuttle to parade in front of the world. Too bad they directly copied the 1976 Rockwell Space Shuttle design over in America, a copyright infringement, could have used a little more originality. The KGB wasn’t bringing back any more usefull information about shuttle building from Rockwell.

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  21. actually it had a flight unmanned but it made a circle arrond the world and landed succesfully back all done by radio controll

  22. I saw one half a year ago in technische Museum Speyer, Germany. http://www.technik-museum.de/museum_speyer_deutsch.html
    after october 2008, it will be available for the public.

  23. Does anyone else find it depressing that such a triumphant shuttle in its time can be left as a hulking shell of its former glory – to crumble and decay ?

    I find it very depressing, especially after seeing these monsters in the flesh.

  24. ONE BIG SHAME!!!
    I am very sad of how we people care about our heritage and human craft and art, whatever nation we are.
    Germans fight for their Buran for 7 years and they save it. Even its not their heritage.

    Buran destroyed by colapsed roof in Kazachstan makes me cry. What a waste.

  25. Buran did fly it was flown by remote control into space then back down and landed on auto pilot Buran can not be considered garbage if you done some research on it.
    If Russia had the money Buran would still be going and would be better than anything America had at the time of the space race I hope one day Russia will get Buran flying again
    here’s a video of Buran flying (in the earth’s atmosphere)
    (I don’t know if this was a manned flight but I know Manned flights were done)

  26. So sad…Buran was a great project, the only one completed has been destroyed and the others are going to waste (exept for the 3: one in Germany, one cleaned and displayed at Baikonur and the last – if I right remember – in Gorky Park).
    I hope that one day the project will be resumed and Buran with his Energia vector will see the space again.

    Greetings from Italy

  27. the cost for something such as a part for a space shuttle includes research and development, it includes the special machinery created to produce such a part, the labor cost for specially trained people who manufacture the part…
    the part itself once it is decomisioned is pretty much worthless if it has no recycling value or value to collectors.


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