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Rare USSR Shuttle Prototypes Found In Russian Hangar

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Source: Ralph Mirebs

When photographer Ralph Mirebs happened upon an abandoned hangar at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, he did not expect to find the remains of two shuttle prototypes within its walls. These prototypes, Buran orbiters, were the Soviet response to NASA’s shuttles. A third orbiter – 1K1 – actually made it into orbit in 1988, but was destroyed when the hangar housing it collapsed in 2002.

These relics provide us with more insights into the Buran program, which got its start in 1974 and ended in 1993. The smaller of the two shuttles shown in the derelict hangar – nicknamed Ptichka, or “little bird” – would have docked at the Mir Space station if the Soviet Union hadn’t dissolved in 1993. The second vessel was a full-scale, static model for testing purposes.

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Video Of The Day: An Animated Explanation Of The Structure Of The Roman Army

In case you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between a legionary and an auxiliary, this video is for you.

Originally created as a video installation for the Vindolanda Museum–located at a former Roman auxiliary fort in Northern England–this enlightening three-minute video illustrates the fascinating structure of the Roman Army through animation and infographics. Enjoy!


If you’d like to learn more about Ancient Rome, check out this fascinating infographic.

Archaeologists Are One Step Closer To Solving One Of North America’s Oldest Mysteries

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The Roanoke colonists disappeared sometime in the late 16th century, leaving school children and archaeologists alike scrambling for explanations why. Source:

Technological advances both increase and decrease the number of the world’s apparent mysteries. In the case of the lost Roanoke colony, recent technological developments are helping researchers inch closer to a satisfying conclusion as to why the 16th century colony disappeared — and it all has to do with what researchers have found at a place called Site X.

In August of this year, the First Colony Foundation announced that it had discovered shards of pottery called Surrey-Hampshire Border ware at the site, which is today known as the Albemarle Sound near Edenton, North Carolina. This ware would have been a common possession of the Roanoke settlers, and given that the company fell apart in 1624, no new pieces would have easily made their way to Site X.

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Photo Of The Day: The World’s First Selfie…Maybe


Image Source: Business Insider

Taken circa 1900, this image of an unidentified, grim-faced Edwardian woman with a Kodak Brownie box camera may possibly be the world’s oldest selfie.

What began as a niche social media term has found its way in the Oxford English Dictionary, as of August 2013. There, selfie is defined as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.”

This Edwardian woman may not have had an Instagram account, but she certainly mastered this selfie.

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