I came across this article this week during lunch. I had no idea that Russia had a space shuttle program. Check it out:
It looks a good deal like ours, but supposedly was much better. In the end the shuttles are not a great platform to get things in the space. Russia has always had us beat in the heavy lifting department.
My favorite part of the article:
“*Years after a sceptical Pentagon had given up on the shuttle, even as a delivery truck for spy satellites, the Russian officials continued whispering to journalists that the US orbiter had a secret capability - to make an undetected “dive” into the Earth’s atmosphere and suddenly glide over Moscow dropping nuclear bombs. *
Never mind that such a scenario was not supported by physics or by common sense.”