space junk

Spaceship Junkyard: some amazing photos of the Grim Meathook Future by Jonas Bendiksen:

ALTAI, Russia - Villagers collect scrap from a crashed spacecraft, surrounded by thousands of white butterflies, 2000. Environmentalists fear for the region's future due to toxic rocket fuel.

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KAZAKHSTAN - The booster engine section of a crashed Soyuz craft, 2000.

ALTAI, Russia - A farmer takes an evening stroll past the wreck of a Soyuz spacecraft, 2000. In this farming village, rockets routinely fall into people's back yards.

KAZAKHSTAN - Scrap-metal dealers wait for a rocket to crash, 2000.

ALTAI, Russia - Dead cows lie on a cliff, 2000. Locals say that whole herds of cattle and sheep regularly die because rocket fuel poisons the soil.

KAZAKHSTAN - The fiery wreck of a rocket after crashing, 2000.

ALTAI, Russia - A man cuts a wrecked spacecraft to sell off as high-grade titanium alloy, 2000.

KAZAKHSTAN - A Soyuz rocket-fuel tank lies on the steppe, 2000.


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11 Responses:

  1. jkonrath says:

    Yesterday was the anniversary of Soyuz 1's quick no-chute return to the recycling bin.

  2. artlung says:

    Dead Soviet space tech always reminds me of the story Red Star, Winter Orbit, helpfully pirated by some .ru website.

  3. fantasygoat says:

    Grim Meathook Present, if you really want to be depressed.

  4. spoonyfork says:

    I can't quite put my finger on it but something about a few of those pictures seem photoshopped to me.

    • technotronic says:

      Ugh, sometimes I wish Photoshop had never been invented. Every time someone posts a photo someone always comments that it must have been Photoshopped.

      This isn't a personal attack on you specifically, just a general observation.

    • strspn says:

      The orientation and defects on the circular piece in photos 1, 3, and 7?

      • spoonyfork says:

        Yes, yes, and not really. 1 and 3 definitely caught my eye as being "not quite right".

        • could just be a funky camera set up. super narrow DOF, maybe origionally shot on film.

          there was a photo exhibit in banff which looked like pictures of models. turns out the guy had used an old fashion barrel type camera. like this:

          super weird results.

  5. gfish says:

    I just might be driving through the area next year, and I'm really hoping we'll see some of that.