Nothing seemed as modern as the space race, gleaming white rockets and cutting edge technology. Except that that was decades ago, and some of the most spectacularly important pieces of technology have been left to rot. Soviet shuttle prototypes have been spotted in the most unlikely places, from the wind swept deserts of Bahrain to a river side dock, full of scrap metal, in a Moscow suburb.
The NASA LUT-1 launch tower that sent the first men to the moon was described as “the modern day equivalent of the dock from which the Santa Maria sailed for the New World”. It lay in a rusting pile of collapsed metal until it was broken up for scrap four years ago.