Fascinating and Forgotten Abandoned Locations

Crumbling walls, machinery left to rust, neglected rooms set up exactly as they were decades ago. INSH's Bob Thissen and his camera capture the deserted places that still stand today.

A Ghost of the Soviet Shuttle Program

Image: Bob Thissen

When NASA started to dip its toes into the waters of what would eventually become its Space Shuttle Program back in 1972 it got the world’s attention.

This included then-space exploration rival Russia, which began its own fixed-wing program in 1976.

This Energia-Buran Program enlisted 1286 private companies along with 86 governmental departments. After 18 years and only one unmanned orbital flight, the program was scrapped in 1993.

The Baikonur Cosmodrome, which housed the program, turned from a state-of-the-art mission control center to a ghostly glimpse of what could have been for the Soviet program.

The only skeletons left in this closet are the dust-covered shells of two Soviet shuttles.

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