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Further Bear's Ghosts and Lost Dreams - from Soviet Era Space Shuttles to Hover Train Prototypes via Space 1999-esque River Transports: Wanderings #49/52a - A Year In The Country
A while ago I came across Ralph Mireb's photographs of an abandoned Soviet era space shuttles and related infrastructure. Even in amongst the many thousands or more photographs of abandoned and derelict projects, buildings, industry etc that can be found online, these still stand out. They bring to mind a very modern take or attempt at space travel, to seem to belong nearer to a modern day convenience or consumer take on space exploration than the more imperialistic seeming golden age of space travel traditional rocket designs. In the design of the abandoned Soviet era hydrofoils, made from the mid-1950s to mid-1970s there is a form of bravery, an optimism, a genuine progressive modernism, a venturing and adventuring onwards and outwards to designs like these that seems to have been lost somewhere along the way, surrendered to a more day-to-day practicality in design. They seem nearer to something that you would see in say a science fiction series such as Space 1999, to belong to the realms of imagination rather than actual working transportation vehicles.