USSR Shuttle Transporter Plane

USSR Shuttle Transporter Plane, Antonov An-225, 1980s

‘The Antonov An-225 Mriya is a strategic airlift cargo aircraft, designed by the Antonov Design Bureau in the 1980s. It is the world’s heaviest aircraft. Built in order to transport the Buran orbiter, the An-225′s name means “Dream” (Inspiration) in Ukrainian.’

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(Via HOW TO BE A RETRONAUT.)

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The International Space Station is finally, officially complete

The International Space Station is finally, officially complete

The International Space Station is finally, officially complete

The first module of the ISS was launched in 1998. 13 years and somewhere between $35 billion and $100 billion later, the final assembly of the ISS was officially completed today with the installation of a laser-equipped extension boom for the station’s robot arm.

(Via DVICE.)