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Inside an Abandoned Soviet Rocket Motor Factory

by John Reed on January 6, 2012

Happy Friday! These pictures of a rusting Soviet rocket motor factory taken by the adventurous young lady shown above have set the Internet abuzz. The explorer, named Lana, broke into the Energomash plant oustide Moscow and broke in, traipsing all over the place. As Animal NY points out, Russian officials are not pleased. Lana’s website posted threatening letters from the government telling her “not make [her] situation worse.”

Interestingly, Energomash partnered with Pratt & Whitney in the 2000s to produce Russia’s latest rocket motor, the RD-180 that powers the U.S.’ fleet of Atlas rockets. Before that, the Russian company’s  motors powered most Soviet and Russian spacecraft from 1965 to the present.

Well done, Lana and crew. These images really do look like the setting for a sci fi horror film.

Click through the jump for more pics and a link to her site.

A a couple of shots of the plant when it was operational:

Click here for many more oustanding pics.



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chris January 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Is that a half assembled energea booster from buran shuttle?


Darrell January 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm

That's hot! Is she single?


crackedlenses January 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm

How can you tell from such a small pic?….


Darrell January 6, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Click the link at the bottom to be redirected to the site with all the pictures.


TinkersDam January 8, 2012 at 4:28 am

Imagine that, an attractive girl from Eastern Europe.


crackedlenses January 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm

These pics should get her some teammates if she ever goes for another one…..


chris January 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I heard Putin went on a tirade and is going to go bonkers with security after these were published so I doubt she will be doing much exploring in Russia in the future.


chris January 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I that what it sais in russian the pictures look like Arora, B-1b, B-52, and F-15?


chris January 6, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I meant what did it say sorry.


blight January 6, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Those are aircraft recognition photos. I think the Aurora is supposed to be the Advanced Tactical Bomber (which eventually became the B-2). Hilariously, no F-117 or F-22.


blight January 6, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Alternatively, that was the F-117 (or the conjectured F-117, since it was leaked as the F-19 early on).


chris January 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Pictures 6,7,8,9 look like they are part of a thermal nuclear experiment that was never completed.


Ziv January 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Now I know what Aurora looks like! LOL
The other 3 are mostly accurate so that one must be as well, no?
But the rest of the photos are perfect for the re-make/part II of Bladerunner.


q January 6, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Dose anyone know why it so close to the big city


Lance January 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Looks fun to play around in.


EJ257 January 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm

I got the old CCCP national anthem playing in my head while looking at these. LOL


blight January 6, 2012 at 4:29 pm


The link is goofballs, but the Ergonomash factory is in Khimki, Russia. Northwest of Moscow.


blight January 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm

If you read her blog, it looks like she caught a fine, but is otherwise not imprisoned?

Google chrome has an auto translate feature, which isn't too bad but could be worse.


@GONZ0HUNTER January 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm

what a great discovery….i love seeing old soviet abonded building and such. they sure had alot of bomb shelters…and the one where there was a bunch of abondonded APC and radar trucks…whats up with that.


Vstress January 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Mmm… bad idea to go around there on a health point of view itself… hypergolic fuels are super toxic.

Idiotic I think. Plus posting it on the net is signing your own torture sentence in Russia.


m167a1 January 6, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Silly people doing silly things for silly reasons.

Coming soon, well deserved death by misadventure…
Maybe Putin will giver her to the Spetsnaz as a shower attendant….


Stephen Russell January 6, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Reuse site for Commercial Manned Space? TV & Movies, strorage,
Museum, Services, Depot,
Warehouses, Offices, Wow.
Imagine the Reuse apps alone.


Matt January 7, 2012 at 12:23 am

Is this the same female "explorer" who went to Chernobyl to take pics?

Also: EDIT MUCH? "The explorer, named Lana, broke into the Energomash plant oustide Moscow and broke in, traipsing all over the place."


Ramsted January 7, 2012 at 6:42 am

The problem is, that this factory is not abandoned. Its home to probably the most important reserch facility in russian rocket engines industry.

NPO Energomasz, owner of this complex, is developing and building engines for most of russian current and future orbital launch systems like Angara.

Author of this pictures even posts shot of facility in operation taken from wikimapia.


??? January 7, 2012 at 12:36 pm

That would make a bad A$$ paintball arena


George January 7, 2012 at 4:45 pm

One look at these photos is enough to make those National Geographic winner pics look incredibly dull and corny


BigRick January 7, 2012 at 5:37 pm

maybe JJ Abrams could use this place for the next Star Trek Enterprise, it'll look a lot more authentic than the warehouse he used as a set for "engineering" spaces on his Enterprise, which I almost burst out laughing when I saw it on the big screen-it was such a joke.


blight January 8, 2012 at 1:58 am

Depends on if your engineering space is more Firefly or more Star Wars Imperial Empire.


Elijah January 8, 2012 at 2:39 pm

In the Beginning God Created. And God Created GE 1:21:


Vivek Ganguly January 9, 2012 at 6:00 am


No wonder the Soviets are mad at her


mtbrider January 9, 2012 at 8:16 am

shot 6 is by far the coolest shot in the group, could def be a movie set


met January 9, 2012 at 9:01 am

It is not abandoned, but an operational site, last tests were in December 2011


ptitz January 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Doesnt really look abandoned. The lights are on,eh. Deserted and badly guarded, perhaps. As a kid, growing up in Russia, me and my friends broke into a number of *abandoned* facilities only to discover that they are still guarded, causing us to run away like hell.


blight January 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I imagine places part of the Biopreparat regime remain guarded even if abandoned. Can't have people discovering they did more than "vaccine research" now can we?


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