The Loneliest Space Shuttle
By James Grahame
I was looking through some photos of Baikonur Cosmodrome the other day when I came across this shot from 2003. A gigantic ISS-bound Soyuz TMA-3 dominates the foreground, while a forlorn Buran shuttle mock-up sits forgotten in a field, lamenting the time when it was the future of the Soviet manned space program.
Technik Museum Speyer rescued a similar shuttle in 2008 and installed it as a permanent exhibit.
Baikonur Cosmodrome [The Big Picture]