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Russians had their own Space Shuttle program in the 80's called 'Buran'. Almost the same size as the US shuttle, it launched, orbited the Earth,and successfully landed. It did this without a crew, it was designed to launch and return by remote control. Due to costs, the program was officially closed in 1992. The programme was cancelled in 1993. Buran was destroyed in 2002 when the hangar collapsed in which Buran was stored.