Entry Title: "
An Intimate Anatomy of a Spaceship"
Category: Professional, Historic
Entry Description: The Soviet space shuttle 'Buran' (Snowstorm) is a marvel of space architecture and engineering. 1206 subcontractors and 14.5 billion roubles were required for its development. Initially a response to theoretical martial uses of the US Shuttle program, the military capabilities of Buran remain classified.
The collapse of the Russian economy caused the cancellation of the program in 1993.
These images are of Buran 'OK-TVA', found on the bank of a river in Moscow. Some elements of the advanced materials still remain, along with traces of the engineers who built her.
A spaceship unloved by Russia, a reminder of past glories and excesses.