Posts Tagged 'space race'

Russia’s Abandoned Space Shuttle Facility [pics]

Buran-space-shuttle

In the 1980s, the Soviet Union wanted to challenge the US space shuttle program with one one their own. The Russian shuttles made only one orbital flight in 1988, before being cancelled. The condition of the abandoned facility can be seen in these photos.

Wikipedia page about the Buran space shuttle

Photos HERE

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The Most Expensive Hyphen In History

Mariner1According to Priceonomics.com –

On July 22, 1962, at 9:20 PM, the Mariner I sat idly on its platform, ready to make history. After investing years of construction, calculation, and funding, NASA had high hopes that its rocket would successfully conduct a flyby survey of Venus, thus shifting the Space Race’s momentum back to the home front. In every way, it was poised to set a space travel precedent. But when the rocket embarked, it was clear there’d be no cause for celebration: less than 5 minutes into flight, Mariner I exploded, setting back the U.S. government $80 million ($630 million in 2014 dollars). The root cause for this disaster? A lone omitted hyphen, somewhere deep in hand-transcribed mathematical code.

Continue reading HERE.

 

Parade Magazine From 1963

I just finished uploading all 16 pages of Parade Magazine from November 24, 1963 to HotMeatloaf.com. The cover story is about what modern Americans can learn from the ‘savages’ on the Hawaiian Islands. Interesting stuff for history buffs.

Check out the entire magazine HERE


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