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May/17

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Abandoned Nuclear Power Plant in Kursk

The construction of the 5th unit of the Kursk Nuclear Power Plant began in 1986. It was planned that the power unit would be put into operation in 1992.

However, in 1989, the construction was frozen because the 5th power unit was designed based on the use of the RBMK reactor (the type of reactor installed at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant).

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Military Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineers and Signal Corps located in St. Petersburg is one of the largest military museums in Russia. In total, the collection includes over 850 thousand exhibits.

The exposition was started by Peter I, who founded Zeughaus – a place for storing historical, unique and experimental artillery pieces. Today, the exposition covers the time from the 15th century to the present day. Photos by: deletant.

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The park complex of the history of equipment named after K.G. Sakharov is an open-air museum located on the outskirts of Avtozavodsky district of the city of Tolyatti.

The museum has more than 460 exhibits showing the development of the automobile, armored, aviation, railway equipment, as well as missile and artillery, naval armaments. Equipment History Park in Tolyatti on Google Maps. Photos by: Konstantin Antipin.

Equipment History Park, Tolyatti, Russia, photo 1

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The Central Air Force Museum is a museum of the history of aviation technology located in the village of Monino in Shchyolkovsky district of the Moscow region, 23 km east of Moscow.

The museum, opened to visitors in 1960, has a rich exposition of helicopters and aircraft of civil and military purposes, as well as weapons, tools, uniforms, artwork. The exhibits are located in the open air, in two hangars and six exhibition halls. Photos by: Andrey Khachatryan.

Central Air Force Museum, Monino, Russia, photo 1

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Prirazlomnoye oil field, located about 60 km from the coast on the shelf of the Pechora Sea, was opened in 1989. The sea depth in the area of the field is 19-20 meters.

Today, thanks to technological advances, oil production is conducted here with the help of the world’s first stationary Arctic oil platform called “Prirazlomnaya”, 320 km north-east of Naryan-Mar (the Nenets Autonomous District). Photos by: Alexander Cheban.

Oil production on the shelf in the Russian Arctic, photo 1

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In the late 1970s, after the closure of the Soviet lunar program and work on the super-heavy carrier rocket N1, the development of a new super-heavy rocket called “Energy” began.

The first launch was made in 1987, and, in 1988, the rocket put into orbit the Soviet space shuttle “Buran.” Photos by: Ralph Mirebs.

The space launch vehicle Energy-M, Baikonur, Russia, photo 1

abandoned rocket

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June 2, 2015, Baikonur Cosmodrome, the cradle of space exploration and the largest Russian spaceport, celebrated its 60th anniversary. Over the years, a lot of different space vehicles were tested on its territory, the apex of which was the system of “Energy-Buran”. But history has chosen its path and the project died in infancy.

More than two decades ago, heavy sliding doors of an assembling and filling complex were closed cutting off two orbiting spacecraft from the sky. How ironic that the birthplace of these spaceships became their burial place.

Abandoned spaceships Energy-Buran, Baikonur cosmodrome, photo 1

the remnants of the Soviet shuttles

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The Vostochny (“Eastern”) Cosmodrome is the future Russian spaceport being constructed near the village of Uglegorsk in Amur region, in the Far East.

In September 2011, the preparatory construction work began, and, in mid-2012, the full-scale construction of infrastructure and technological facilities of the cosmodrome started. Photos by: Stepanov Slava.

Construction of cosmodrome Vostochny, Russia, photo 1

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Mar/15

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One-year trip to the ISS has just begun

Just minutes ago, “Soyuz TMA-16M” spacecraft has been launched from Baikonur cosmodrome to the International Space Station.

The crew includes Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko and the U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly. The expedition of Kornienko and Kelly will last one year.

Soyuz TMA-16M crew

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Gorky nuclear heating plant is an unfinished station for the production of thermal energy for heating Nagorny district of Nizhny Novgorod (former Gorky). Construction of the station was carried out in the 1980s, a few kilometers east of the city limits.

By the end of the 1980s, the station was finished by 85%, but due to public outcry and a growing budget deficit, the completion of construction of the station in the post-Chernobyl period was impossible, and the station was abandoned. Photos by Lana Sator

Abandoned nuclear heating plant in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, photo 1

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