The Baikonur Cosmodrome is the world’s oldest and largest operational space launch facility.
Yuri Gagaran was shot into space from here.
The Buran program was the largest and most expensive project in the history of Soviet space exploration.
Only one of the Buran shuttles completed one unmanned orbital spaceflight in 1988.
The shuttle was unfortunately destroyed when a hangar collapsed in 2002.
The program was stopped in 1993 after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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By Bob Thissen