The space shuttle Buran was the response of Soviet Russia to the U.S. space program.
She made only one flight, uninhabited, in 1988 and although it was a success the program was discontinued in 1993 after the breakup of the USSR.
In 2002 the collapse of the roof of the hangar where it was stored in Kazakhstan  completely destroyed it.

(complete photo set at http://www.laboiteverte.fr/en/buran-la-navette-spatiale-russe/)

Data From NASA’s Voyager 1 Point to Interstellar Future
Data from NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft indicate that the venerable deep-space explorer has encountered a region in space where the intensity of charged particles from beyond our solar system has markedly increased. Voyager scientists looking at this rapid rise draw closer to an inevitable but historic conclusion - that humanity’s first emissary to interstellar space is on the edge of our solar system.

Data From NASA’s Voyager 1 Point to Interstellar Future

Data from NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft indicate that the venerable deep-space explorer has encountered a region in space where the intensity of charged particles from beyond our solar system has markedly increased. Voyager scientists looking at this rapid rise draw closer to an inevitable but historic conclusion - that humanity’s first emissary to interstellar space is on the edge of our solar system.

ianbrooks:

Navitron Steampunk Watch

 Digital displays are the lamz0rs, navigate both space and time with the Navitron Steampunk Watch available for purchase at thinkgeek. It’s a sundial! It’s a compass! It’s a combination steampunk sundial compass!

(via bluedogeyes)

Space Law: Is Asteroid Mining Legal?
(ahhhh!, finalmente estamos llegando al futuro!)

Space Law: Is Asteroid Mining Legal?

(ahhhh!, finalmente estamos llegando al futuro!)

OMG!…it’s LUMPY (at) SPACE PRINCESS!!!”On July 10, 2010, the European Space Agency probe Rosetta passed just 3162 km (1960 miles) from the asteroid Lutetia, a lumpy rock 130 km (81 miles) end-to-end. 
This image, taken at closest approach, shows how battered and worn Lutetia is. Craters pockmark the surface, including several that are many kilometers across. Like the Martian moon Phobos, grooves line the surface, which may be from boulders rolling around, perhaps ejected from some of the craters when they were formed. They may alternatively be stress fractures from impacts; there is still a lively debate over what causes these features in small bodies. ”
more @badastromer:http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/01/26/rosettas-stunning-mars/ 

OMG!…it’s LUMPY (at) SPACE PRINCESS!!!

On July 10, 2010, the European Space Agency probe Rosetta passed just 3162 km (1960 miles) from the asteroid Lutetia, a lumpy rock 130 km (81 miles) end-to-end. 


This image, taken at closest approach, shows how battered and worn Lutetia is. Craters pockmark the surface, including several that are many kilometers across. Like the Martian moon Phobos, grooves line the surface, which may be from boulders rolling around, perhaps ejected from some of the craters when they were formed. They may alternatively be stress fractures from impacts; there is still a lively debate over what causes these features in small bodies. ”

more @badastromer:
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/01/26/rosettas-stunning-mars/ 

cwnl:

Russia Takes Lead to Create Manned Moon Base with USA & Europe
Officials from Russia’s Space Agency, Roscosmos, are reportedly in talks with Europe’s ESA and NASA over possibly establishing a collective an orbital station around the moon, or a manned lunar research base. According to Russian news site RIA Novosti, while the country intends on making the moon its focal point, Russia’s plans calls for more than merely putting boots on the lunar surface.
According to Roscosmos chief, Vladimir Popovkin, that leaves only two options: “setup a base on the Moon, or launch a station to orbit around it. We don’t want the man to just step on the Moon,” Popovkin stated in an interview with Russian radio station Vesti FM.
“Today, we know enough about it, we know that there is water in its polar areas,” he said of the moon, adding “we are now discussing how to begin exploration with NASA and the European Space Agency,” he added.
During the late 1950’s Soviet and US. Scientists first began discussing the possibility of establishing a permanent manned outpost, but as the Cold War drew on, those plans never went any further.

cwnl:

Russia Takes Lead to Create Manned Moon Base with USA & Europe

Officials from Russia’s Space Agency, Roscosmos, are reportedly in talks with Europe’s ESA and NASA over possibly establishing a collective an orbital station around the moon, or a manned lunar research base. According to Russian news site RIA Novosti, while the country intends on making the moon its focal point, Russia’s plans calls for more than merely putting boots on the lunar surface.

According to Roscosmos chief, Vladimir Popovkin, that leaves only two options: “setup a base on the Moon, or launch a station to orbit around it. We don’t want the man to just step on the Moon,” Popovkin stated in an interview with Russian radio station Vesti FM.

“Today, we know enough about it, we know that there is water in its polar areas,” he said of the moon, adding “we are now discussing how to begin exploration with NASA and the European Space Agency,” he added.

During the late 1950’s Soviet and US. Scientists first began discussing the possibility of establishing a permanent manned outpost, but as the Cold War drew on, those plans never went any further.

(via afro-dominicano)