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Space Shuttle Buran on Ship, Road

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เมื่อวานดูสารคดี (จริง ๆ ข่าวมันตั้งแต่อาทิตย์ที่แล้ว) นึกว่าเยอรมันซื้อกระสวยอวกาศของ NASA
มาตั้งโชว์ ปรากฎว่าเป็นของรัสเซีย โอกาสดีมาอีกแล้ว ไว้ว่าง ๆ จะพาไอ้ตัวน้อยไปดูไอ้เจ้าซากที่มี
ราคาค่าตัว ค่าขนส่ง ค่าติดตั้ง 10 ล้านยูโร (ปาเข้าไป 15.8 ล้านเหรียญแล้ว)

ภาพทั้งหมดจาก Spiegel Online 

across Germany to its final destination, the Technical Museum in Speyer. Here it passes Cologne Cathedral.The Buran was developed by the Soviets in the 1970s. It is a near-copy of US space shuttles from that period. But it was too expensive to ever go into regular service.

ด้านล่างเป็นเรื่องราวจริง ๆ ของกระสวยอวกาศลำนี้ ที่ไม่ตรงกับข่าวลือเกี่ยวกับกระสวยอวกาศ
เท่าไหร่นัก

 

The Buran — the name means “blizzard” in Russian — was built by the Soviet Union as a near-copy of the American space shuttles that made its first flight in 1977. The Soviet Union feared that US space shuttles would be used for military purposes, and began developing their own copycat spacecraft technology in the late 1970s.

The shuttle which is on its way to Speyer is named the Analog Buran. One of several test models, it made 25 suborbital flights between 1985 and 1988, before the program was abandoned as the Soviet Union broke apart.

A decade later, a team of Australian entrepreneurs purchased the Analog Buran and put it on display during the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney. However poor ticket sales grounded their plans to take the shuttle on tour, and it sat neglected for a year until a new company purchased it and moved it to Bahrain. There, it anchored an exhibit during a summer festival in 2002, before being shipped to a junkyard to wait out a legal dispute between its new owners and its Russian manufacturers.

The Buran languished in the junkyard for almost five years, until the German museum secured its purchase and arranged for it to be sent by ship and barge to Speyer.

The spacecraft started its slow seaborne journey last month. It was disassembled and lowered into the hull of a ship that took it through the Suez Canal and the Strait of Gibraltar, then around Portugal, through the English Channel and on to Rotterdam.

At midday Monday, the Buran was floating past Xanten, a town in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The museum is building a new exhibition hall to house the Russian space shuttle alongside items like space suits and model satellites. “Apollo and Beyond,” as the permanent exhibit will be called, is scheduled to open to visitors this summer. — จาก Spiegel Online

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เมษายน 23, 2008 ที่ 11:01 am

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