Can you imagine to see the Space Shuttle Buran in a park in Shymkent? It could become reality. Read how!
Do you know that also a Space Shuttle launched from Kazakhstan – and it wrote history in spaceflight? This Space Shuttle called Buran – after the strong winter storm – was a soviet development to achieve the same goals as the american Space Shuttle – and to build it even better.
The Soviet Space Shuttle was a marvel of technology in the history of spaceflight. It was the first winged spacecraft that landed on 15th November 1988 without an pilot on an airport – just controlled by computers. This milestone was achieved by the americans with the X-37B spacecraft over 20 years later in 22nd April 2010. And we know, the american Space Shuttle had huge problems with its heath shield. In its first flights it lost very much ceramic tiles of its heat shield. In the 2003 they lost the Space Shuttle Columbia because of a hole in the heat shield. The Buran lost on its first and only flight only three ceramic tiles out of 38,000. And not every tile was unique – instead of the shield of its american brother.
One Buran spacecraft is in Kazahkstans Hands and remains in Baikonur Cosmodrome. The spacecraft was planned to be the 2nd flying Buran space shuttle and was nearly completed. It is parked in the MZK building 80. The building went into the hands of Kazakhstan after the end of Soviet Union. The MZK building 80 is still owned by Kazakstan. The Buran space shuttle is unvisible for tourists who coming to visit the Cosmodrome Baikonur because its stored in this building. Only some Adventurer tried to went secretly into the building and made their some nice pictures of the spacecraft.
Its time for Kazahkstan to save this spacecraft for the history and put it on a nice public place. What do you think about Abay Park in Shymkent?
It would be great to save this milestone in the history of spaceflight and inspire the young and further generation to dream and develop beautiful technologies.
The future will show it. We hope this spacecraft will not end its live unvisible from public in the old MZK building 80 in Baikonur.
More informations about the soviet space shuttle: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buran_(spacecraft)