Buran Program

Russia and Kazakhstan squabble over Buran shuttle prototypes

Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan is refusing to give Russia a mockup and a prototype of Buran, the Soviet Union’s space shuttle....


MAKS: the space plane An-225 Mriya was supposed to launch

The famous An-225 Mriya was designed to be able to launch spacecraft into orbit from its back. Meet MAKS: a space plane designed specifically for that....


Russia's Secret Space Shuttle in a Kazakhstan Desert

In 1974, Russia launched its largest, most expensive project in space exploration history in response to NASA's space shuttle program....