Breathtaking ruins of the Soviet space shuttle program
This derelict shuttle ( image above ) was once at the forefront of the Soviet space program technology. It was one of a number of dilapidated spacecraft found at the Bakikonur Cosmodrome site in Kazakhstan by urban explorer Ralph Mirebs.
In the late 1950’s the United States and the Soviet Union entered what we now know as the Cold War. The two great super-powers found themselves pitted head to head in a race to explore space and to land a man on the moon. This competition sought to prove the superiority of each countries technology and its military firepower. This race by extension, also sought to prove their political/economic systems.
On October 4, 1957, the Soviet’s launched Sputnik (Russian for traveler) which was the world’s first artificial Satellite and the first man-made object to be placed into Earth’s orbit. This surprised many Americans who saw space as the next great frontier for exploration. This helped to fuel the United States for many years, when in 1969 Apollo 11 landed on the surface of the Moon.
Today the space-race is not as fast-paced as it was 5o years ago. This is of course because of the fall of the Soviet Union’s Communist government in December of 1991. With its low economic power of the time, the Soviet Union was forced to scale back its space programs. The space-race was just to expensive for the Soviet Union to maintain.
For more than 25 years now the Soviet Space Shuttle Program has sat silent. The once great machines of Soviet pride now sit in ruins of the Cosomodrome where they were under construction so many years ago.
Today with the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia and the Ukraine have inheirited the space program. Russia created the Russian Aviation and Space Agency, now known as the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), while the Ukraine created the National Space Agency of Ukraine (NSAU).
Article By Lance Roberts
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