So they shipped it up the Rhine at 5 miles an hour where it just spent the night in Cologne.

The Soviet Russian Buran orbiter, which never orbited, designed to plant Cold War cold space mines among other things, is being put to rest at Germany’s Speyer Technical Museum, of all places. Business-savvy museum technocrats figure that Buran will be better off drawing admission fees here than gathering dust in some long forgotten Russian warehouse somewhere. And I’m sure that they’re right.

I am a bit surprised at all of the sudden space race curiosity here in Germany, however. The Germans have always been a bit sceptical when it comes to space exploration and space racing and space militarization. And I don’t blame them, either. After all, they invented it.

Looks like this is your final frontier, Buran.

Come visit me at Observing Hermann…

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