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"Energy-Buran". Photo tour the assembly and testing building.

Sightseeing tour the ruined integration and test building (MIC) on the 112th floor space center, where 12 May 2002 the roof fell, burying eight people booster "Energy" and the only instance of the galaxies in outer space "Buran".

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Here and now, everything remains as before, but inside there is no "Burana" — it, as they say workers spaceport, sawed into pieces and sold as scrap metal. No one to repair the roof is not going to — case anyone else is not needed. Adjoins it, by the way, to a working assembly shop NGOs "Energy", which collects "Seven."

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At the gates of the ruined Mikal endless era monuments are two cyclopean transport and installation of the unit (TIU), in which the project launch vehicle and the shuttle had to be delivered to the launch site. The weight of each unit — 2750 tons, they moved on special rails using a unique diesel locomotives ZMU62P. Some day, thousands of years, archaeologists went out and brought these monsters in the desert and will crush the head of that, what were they needed people in the XX century.

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Nature is at present prevails, area Mikom before slowly overgrown with grass, which makes its way through the cracks in the concrete slabs.

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Left — the gate was destroyed Mick. There breezing unit (TIU) to it with a crane loaded "energy" with the "Buran" on his back and carried on later starting complex. Two units — planned start-ups "Burana" will take place almost every month, if not more often.

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At the moment, this place is fenced stabbing rusty wire. Units was chosen by the family of nomadic dogs. They live nearby — in the dining room of NGOs "Energy".

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View from the back side of the MIC — back on the rails to the launch pad was leaving the "Energy" with the "Buran". A white tower on the left — shaking table test for a bunch of rocket with a "hook."

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To go from Mick to the launch complex is long, the distances here are huge. The road runs along the railway cloth, on which was moving complex "Energiya-Buran".

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Starting complex, from which flew to own the first and only flight "Buran". There is currently no one is complex conserved and protected by security spaceport. Here are trying to protect everything that is not pillaged. The territory of the cosmodrome is enormous and previously from the steppe to it from time to time make inroads into the local population hope of profiting something useful on the farm that can be taken for scrap.

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Nearby is the twin brother of the launch complex "Energy-Buran". It is completely abandoned and seems to not fully completed. In all such areas should have been four, but the last, fourth, only began to be built when the program from closed. Venues for the start of "Buran" perfectly defined through the pipes of the unit critical evacuation of astronauts (AEE). It consists of an inclined lift for loading / unloading crew and tray for emergency evacuation.

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Fly away from here "Buran".

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View 2-launching facilities for the "Buran".

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We went to the place of the first start of "Energy" to the site 250a. On this concrete panels painted the start of "Energy" with the layout of the combat laser gallakticheskoy platform "Polyus" on the back. "Polyus" then and was not put into the desired orbit and was sunk in the Pacific Ocean.

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Along the road stretched gallery balances with the means of communication and piping to the launch complex. The whole
programm "Energy-Buran" was created for military purposes, the military worked here, here and slogans on the walls of the gallery.

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View of the launch complex "Energy" on the site 250a. Here May 15, 1987 was carried out the first start of the newest launcher.

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No photo can not convey, of course, as this launch pad — cyclopean structure, its vast size. The height of this service tower — 100 meters. Mast near lightning — much higher.

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Here are lacking in the human figure to scale, but can be guided by well-known to you the width of an ordinary railway tracks — that they are here, and one second. Along this road for start brought "energy" from Mikal, who is not even visible from here. Left far shown launching pads "Buran".

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Vapor tray also impresses with its size — it is several times more than the "Gagarin" start from where fly into space 'unions. "

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Launching pad "Energy". Steel construction with a "stepping stones" — the lighter rocket engines. Visible nozzle water cannons — before the start of the water rocket at Baikonur accumulated several weeks, it is necessary to start such a few thousand tons.

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View of the launch pad on top. Round iron ingots (where the torn fabric) — support for the booster. "Seven" at the start hanging on special hooks, like a coat on a hanger — for "Energy" came up with another system, the rocket after the removal of farm service remained standing here on this round stands.

Another awesome piece of hardware — the mobile service tower.

Types of launch complex "Energy":

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During the construction of the entire area of the complex was laid out here is that of iron tiles:

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During the first start of "Energy" rocket slightly bent and the jet of hot gases in an instant blew all of the coating. Up to this time the steel bases are traces of iron from flying tiles.

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Starting complex 250a preserved at the site. Built next to the production of chemical used for the production of a component of rocket fuel.

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In the courtyard of the museum at the launch site is one of the test models "Buran".

Inside the cabin, "hook":

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