From Notes From Planet Earth


November 15, 1988 is a date that  has been forgotten by many.  That is the day that the former Soviet Union launched the Space Shuttle “Buran.”  The Soviet Shuttle was, in many ways more superior to the American Shuttle.  “Buran” had a better heat shield, it’s engines were able to provide powered flight upon re-entry in Earth’s atmosphere, and, perhaps more remarkably, it was able to fly remotely – without a crew.  Sadly, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the project fell by the wayside.  The “Buran” only flew one mission, and eventually was mothballed due to lack of funding.  These pictures show this remarkable machine…

A Sad End To A Noble Dream

Buran Lies Shattered In Pieces

For a history of “Buran”, click here: