On November 15th 1988 the Russian Buran space shuttle took off for its maiden and as it turned out its only flight into space.
|Buran landing after maiden flight|
The American space shuttle programme is well known but what perhaps fewer people know is that the Russians also had a space shuttle, this was called Buran. The Buran (which means blizzard in Russian) was started in 1980. The idea was to have a reusable space shuttle to take Russians into space.
|Buran being ferried to air show|
The only Buran launch was from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, which was unmanned, it completed two orbits of the Earth, and then successfully returned. The second mission was scheduled for 1993 but due to the dissolution of the Soviet Union it never took place.
The Buran shuttle was destroyed in 2002 in a hangar at Baikonur when it collapsed during a massive storm.
|Destruction of Buran|