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Inspection of the Soviet space shuttle, Buran.

Inspection of the Soviet space shuttle, Buran.

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Engineers inspect the tail section of the Soviet space shuttle, Buran, after its landing at Baikonur Cosmodrome, USSR, on November 15th 1988. Buran's unmanned test flight lasted 3 hours and 25 minutes, during which time it completed 2 full orbits around Earth. Buran is remarkably similar in appearance to the American space shuttle, with one major difference. Whilst the American shuttle has its own engines, the rockets required to lift Buran into orbit are located on its launch vehicle, Energia.

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