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Pin made in the Soviet Union about the Buran spacecraft also known as the Soviet spaceshuttle. Buran (meaning “Snowstorm” or “Blizzard”) was the first spaceplane to be produced as part of the Soviet/Russian Buran programme.
Besides describing the first operational Soviet/Russian shuttle orbiter, “Buran” was also the designation for the entire Soviet/Russian spaceplane project and its orbiters, which were known as “Buran-class orbiters”. Buran completed one uncrewed spaceflight in 1988, and was destroyed in the 2002 collapse of its storage hangar. The Buran-class orbiters used the expendable Energia rocket, a class of super heavy-lift launch vehicle.