Abandoned Orbiters [...]

Ralph Mirebs writes in Russian, Just yesterday, June 2, 2015, was 60 years old cradle of world space and the largest domestic space harbor – Baikonur Cosmodrome. Over the years, its territory has been tested many different spacecraft, the apex of which was the system of “Energy-Buran”. (Link)

But history has chosen its path and the project died in infancy. More than two decades ago, the last time to close heavy sliding doors MKS – installation and filling of the complex, cut off from the alluring star sky two orbiting spacecraft. There is an easy irony that the birthplace of those who had to surf the cosmic expanses, it was the burial place and a crypt.

See Mall Dystopia for a parallel decay of 1980s mall culture.

The Space Race — and the abandonment of it — is discussed in NASA’s 1966 Zenith