Monday, May 30, 2005

Kazakhstan's Spaceship Junkyard

Lovely photo essay of space debris landing in rural Russia and being repurposed by the locals.

All space-bound rockets consist largely of fuel tanks and booster stages that fall back to earth when spent, never reaching orbit. In landlocked Baikonur, Russia's primary launching complex in Kazakhstan, these spaceships crash to earth. This photo essay visits the areas where the supporting rockets land, and shows the people living under the flight paths who contend with flaming spaceship wrecks several times each month.
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