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The Life and Death of Buran, the USSR’s Space Shuttle

Amy Shira Teitel for Ars Technica:

Just before dawn on the morning of November 15, 1988, the mood at Baikonur, the Soviet Union’s launch site, was tense and businesslike. It was a cold morning marked by low cloud cover, a persistent drizzle, and warnings of gale force winds. It was a terrible day for a launch.

Fascinating story.