BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Buran – the Soviet ‘space shuttle’

BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Buran – the Soviet ‘space shuttle’: “Some 20 years ago, on 30 September 1988, many readers of the Pravda newspaper – the official mouthpiece of the Soviet communist party – could not believe their eyes.

Published somewhat inconspicuously on the second page, there was a photo depicting the familiar shape of the US space shuttle, but with Soviet insignia on its wings.

Finally, years of rumours about a Soviet ‘copy’ of the shuttle had been confirmed.”

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