Thursday, 30th June 2005 by Alex Turnbull
This is the real ‘Buran’ Soviet shuttle in Gorky Park, Moscow. Well, nearly real anyway, it’s actually a prototype vehicle designed for static tests. The Soviet shuttle program began in 1976 as a response to the United States equivalent (Soviet politicians were convinced that the shuttle could be used for military purposes). The project was the largest and the most expensive in the history of Soviet space exploration.