Buran space shuttle cockpit

Buran space shuttle cockpit

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Caption: Buran space shuttle. Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov seen in the cockpit of a Buran space shuttle. To the right is Anatoly Perminov, head of the Russian Federal Space Agency. Buran was intended as a re-useable space vehicle much like the US Space Shuttle. The first example was launched on 15 November 1988 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Unlike its American counterpart, Buran was unmanned and flown by computers. It completed two orbits of the Earth before landing safely, despite a strong cross-wind. The Buran programme was cancelled after the break-up of the Soviet Union. The only complete Buran spacecraft was destroyed in 2002 when the hangar housing it collapsed. This cockpit was rescued and completed with spare parts and

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