Ralph Mirebs, Russian urban explorer and photographer, intrigued the world this week by publishing photographs of the deteriorating ruin that is the former Soviet Space Shuttle Program.
The pictures are the result of Mirebs’ visit to the world’s first operational space launch facility: the Baikonur Cosmodrome located in the desert of Kazakhstan.
The photographs, that genuinely look straight out of a Star Wars film, show the inside of a huge long-abandoned hangar which houses the degenerating remains of two prototypes used by the defunct space program.
Spanning two decades – from 1974 to 1993 – and only featuring two orbital flights, the Soviets’ Buran program was discontinued as the result of a lack of funding when the Soviet Union collapsed.
Exactly how Mirebs gained access to the 203 foot tall hangar is unknown but one thing is for sure: the photos are unbelievably breathtaking.