Sometimes we hear of some old coins being found, or a collection of vintage cars, but photographer and urban explorer Ralph Mirebs found something far more rare. He found something that has to be a one-of-a-kind find unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
It is much more valuable than any sort of backyard treasure or some old photographs in an old dusty attic. While venturing around Kazakhstan, Mirebs came across an enormous abandoned building. The building looked similar to a large airport hangar but it was much larger. After breaking into the abandoned building, he found that this was a very special building with some of the most historical items in the world. Better yet, two of the most historical items in the world. You have to see these amazing images for yourself.
The abandoned hangar located at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Cosmodrome is miles away and still in operation today. Because the NASA Space Program was recently shut down, this is the only area that astronauts can make their way up to the International Space Station via Russian Soyuz space shuttles. This hangar in particular is from a previous time when the Russians and the Americans were competing in a race for space exploration.
The hangar was erected in 1974 for the Buran Space Shuttle Program where technology and design would fuse to create some of the most incredible exploration vessels ever conceived. The Buran Shuttle Program was halted in 1988 but the hangar was operational until 1993 and was the home to three of the most advanced pieces of technology of their time.
The collapse of the Soviet Union caused the demise of this facility in 1993. Sadly, only one shuttle of three ever partook in a mission. The shuttle completed one unmanned orbit before it was grounded and destroyed in a different hangar that collapsed on top of it.
There are two shuttles from the Buran Space Program left and they sit in idle, turning into historic relics, within a forgotten and abandoned building located in Kazakhstan.