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Feature - The Spaceship Junkyard. 2000
Jonas Bendiksen
Space rockets consist mainly of fuel tanks and booster engine stages that never reach orbit, falling back to earth when spent. Due to the land-locked location of Baikonur, Russia's biggest launching complex in Kazakhstan, Russian rockets do not reach the ocean before they come crashing down, often falling into populated areas.

This photo essay looks at the areas where they land, and the people living under the flight paths, who several times a month are bombarded by flaming spaceship wrecks. Apart from the fear of having a spacecraft crash through their roofs (it happens regularly), the people...

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KAZAKHSTAN. 2000. A band of scrap metal dealers scan while waiting...
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KAZAKHSTAN. 2000. The flaming wreck of the same rocket after...
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KAZAKHSTAN. 2000. The booster engine section of a crashed Soyuz...
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RUSSIA. Altai Territory. 2000. Villagers collecting scrap from...
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KAZAKHSTAN. 2000. Debris from a recently crashed Soyuz space...
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RUSSIA. Altai Territory. 2000. A farmer taking an evening stroll...
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KAZAKHSTAN. 2000. A monument to the glory of the Soviet space...
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RUSSIA. Altai Territory. 2000. Local farmers, in dire economic...
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KAZAKHSTAN. 2000. Boy playing on the fuselage of a spaceship...
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RUSSIA. Altai Territory. 2000. Dead cows lying on a cliff. The...
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KAZAKHSTAN. 2000. Debris from spacecraft crashes lies on the...
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KAZAKHSTAN. 2000. The fiery wreck of a rocket after it crashed...
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RUSSIA. Altai Territory. 2000. Cutting the wreck for sale as...
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KAZAKHSTAN. 2000. A Soyuz rocket fuel tank lies on the steppe....
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