Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What Happened To Russia's Space Shuttle Program?

What Happened To Russia's Space Shuttle Program?: "The Russian Shuttle Buran ('Snowstorm' in Russian) was authorized in 1976 in response to the United States Space Shuttle program. Construction of the shuttles began in 1980, with the first full-scale Aero-Buran rolling out in 1984. After only one test flight, the project was halted, although it was not officially canceled until 1993. It’s fascinating to see how — after dominating much of the space race in the 1960’s — the post-Communist Russia struggled to play 'catch-up' with the Americans."