Unknown People Left Graffiti On the Space Craft “Buran”

Unknown People Left Graffiti On the Space Craft "Buran"

Unknown “artists” managed to enter the assembly-refuelling complex of the cosmodrome “Baikonur” and left messages on the spacecraft “Buran”.

They wrote “Kindness”, “Yura, we’ve screwed up”, “A man should learn to live on Earth before he flies to the stars”.

Unknown People Left Graffiti On the Space Craft "Buran"

Unknown People Left Graffiti On the Space Craft "Buran"

11 thoughts on “Unknown People Left Graffiti On the Space Craft “Buran””

  1. That spacecraft looks like it’s ready for the scrapyard. Oh wait! There are no scrapyards in Russia! People just leave their junk where it lays. Nature then deals with the carcass.

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    • I was privileged to have met one of the scientists who worked on Buran (I’m an aerospace engineer myself, while he was a specialist in gyroscopic systems). Sadly, there is much of the Buran history that still remains unpublished. It was very impressive for its time and it was very innovative in many ways. The guidance system in particular was particularly advanced for the time, as evidenced by its only flight (unmanned) when it did a fully autonomous landing after two complete orbits. This may not seem so impressive today, but at the time it was done without the aid of a GPS equivalent. The guidance system in particular and quadruple redundancy of the design was a very interesting topic of discussion in academic circles here in the West after the fall of the Soviet Union.

      Personally, I don’t find the graffiti “hilarious” at all: It is simple vandalism of a piece of history that, frankly, should have been much better preserved in the first place.

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  2. From Wiki!

    “On 12 May 2002, a hangar roof at Baikonur collapsed because of a structural failure due to poor maintenance. The collapse killed eight workers and destroyed the Buran spacecraft as well as a mock-up of an Energia booster rocket.”

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