A group of daredevils went to Kazakhstan to the ex-Soviet main cosmodrome Baikonur. They were crazy enough to park their car some way away from the place and then climb thru the fence and trespass inside, hiding from police and the guards. They managed to see giant Energia-M launching sites, abandoned Buran Soviet space shuttles and more. They even could climb inside the Buran and saw the launch of the real Soyuz rocket up-close. Amazing story.
After they got inside the perimeter of the Baikonur cosmodrome they stayed to spend a night in an abandoned house.
Here is a photo in the morning after the night spent there.
Close to this there was a abandoned Sport and concert hall which belonged to Russian “Energia” science corporation.
Here is a photo from inside.
Then after the night comes they run hiding to the dynamic tests building of Energia corp.
Went to the top of the building and hid there, as they suspected police was tracking them down.
Here is what they saw from the top of the building. A last “Energia-M” rocket.
Here is the rocket from the side floor.
The control panels.
Here is a blogger for a scale.
Then they went to the roof top and watched a launch of Soyuz rocket which was in 1.13pm.
Here is the launch made by bloggers unauthorized and trespassing, but what a view.
Rocket goes in to the skies.
If to look in other sides there are also launching platforms everywhere.
The building is 100 meter (or more) tall.
And that building ahead is “assembly and refueling station”. That hangar hosts the never-fly versions of Soviet Buran shuttles. And that’s where they were heading next.
This is a bottom of the Energia-M hangar.
One of the engines from Energia-M.
Here is a rocket Energia-M.
And now the building with Buran shuttles.
It’s gigantic inside.
They climb the stores up and up.
Down there two Burans standing. One was called “Burya” and another one was “OK-MT”.
One more photo.
Two bloggers stand on the Buran shuttle (for scale).
Went down, there is a blogger standing too.
Seeing a Buran shuttle from down floor.
Beneath the Buran.
View from the front.
The Buran was open and they managed to climb inside.
Here is a cargo cabin of Buran. The “ball” in the end is the docking station.
Here is a docking station upclose.
From it you can climb on top to the cockpit.
Some things are missing but many still in place.
Then they left the place but a few moments later were caught by police. (You can see them sitting inside the police car). They managed to hide the memory card somewhere and even after have been searched police didn’t find the photos so they managed to publish them later for our viewing pleasure. Hope you liked those.
Their website is below.