space
Breaking Into a Russian Military Base to See an Abandoned Soviet Space Shuttle Was Worth the Risk

Because any trip to see a Soviet shuttle is worth it as long as no one’s wearing handcuffs at the end. Read More >>

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Newly-Discovered Earthworks Are So Big, NASA Is Helping Study Them From Space

Turgai, Kazakhstan might not look like much besides wide, sweeping plains. But over the past few years, archaeologists have revealed more than 200 massive earthworks, so large that you’d never notice them from the ground. As the New York Times reports today, no one knows their purpose–yet. Read More >>

art
10 Decaying Giants That Still Guard the Spirit of the Soviet Union

When the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics ceased to exist in 1991, propaganda art began to disappear, and once-grand social realist murals, reliefs and all manner of mosaics have dwindled. But in the Republic of Kazakhstan, locals still walk the streets under the watchful eyes of five-story tall cosmonauts, workers, engineers, scientists. Read More >>

architecture
A Children’s Treasury of Insane Designs for Kazakhstan’s World Expo

The architectural rendering is a subtle knife. It can be used to convince, intimidate, and generate laffs—or all three at once, if you’re really good. Such is the case with this collection of renderings, which show proposed designs for the upcoming 2017 World Expo in Kazakhstan. Read More >>

space
A Russian Rocket Just Exploded Over Kazakhstan as It Launched

A Russian rocket just crashed seconds after it was launched from a spaceport in Kazakhstan. Footage from local news channels shows how the rocket wobbled through the sky as it rose into the air, before disintegrating and falling back to Earth. Read More >>

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Kuwait Played Borat’s Hilariously Obscene Fake Anthem as the Real Kazakhstan National Anthem

Winning a sporting event while representing your country is supposed to be a moment of pride—standing atop the medal podium, hearing your national anthem, feeling all your hard work pay off. Not for this Kazakhstan athlete in Kuwait. Kuwait accidentally blared Borat's obscene parody anthem thinking it was Kazakhstan's real anthem. Read More >>

transport
Kazakhstan’s Glorious Brand New Metro Is the Only Clean Subway You’ll See

Kazakhstan isn't the first country I'd associate with modernism and gleaming infrastructure, but according to photos from English Russia, I'm dead wrong: the Altmay Metro is gorgeous. And, shocking to any urbanite, gorgeously clean, like Star Trek with more maids. Read More >>