Monday, April 24, 2006

Spaceship Junkyard - Altai Region, Kazakhstan

Jonas Bendiksen / Magnum Photos - Slate Magazine

Slate magazine has a short photo essay about the "spaceship junkyard" of spent rockets and spaceship parts in the Altai Region of Kazakhstan. Locals mine the parts for valuable components or recycle them into farm equipment, when possible.

There are also concerns about the health effects of the rocket fuel used. Images of groups of dead cattle (yep, they aren't taking a nap together) send the message home that rocket fuel components are toxic and abundant enough to cause near immediate death (if the photos and causes for death are to be believed).

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