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Buran space shuttle. The Russian re-useable space shuttle seen on its launch pad. The winged Buran shuttle is seen mated to its Energia launch vehicle. Buran made its one and only space flight on 15 November 1988. Launched from Baikonur in Kazakhstan, it made two orbits before re-entering and landing on the Baikonur runway just 206 minutes later. The flight was fully automated as it was unmanned. After the break-up of the Soviet Union, the Buran programme was cancelled. In 2002 the sole Buran space shuttle was destroyed when the hangar enclosing it collapsed due to lack of maintenance.
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