I remember sitting in my fourth grade classroom huddled around the Multi-media stand to watch the first US Space Shuttle launch. Today with our shuttle program (and space program for that matter) shut down, seeing these photos from the Russian shuttle program gives you reason to want to pay a few taxes to make sure that our history stays somewhat intact in the museums across America….
From the Business Insider… Here
In 1974, Russia launched its largest, most expensive project in space exploration history.
The stars of the project, called the Buran program, were its space shuttles, which were built in secret from designs the Soviet secret police stole from NASA.