soviet space nostalgia?

The Soviets used to hold atomic weapons at Vogelsang — ready to strike at a moments notice. This crumbling fresco of Russian astronauts serves as a reminder of the former might of the USSR.

The above photo (credited to Jörg Rüger/, comes from an article in Der Spiegel, Germany’s Vogelsang Ruins: A Visual Journey through a Deserted Soviet Base, by Jörg Rüger. Vogelsang, in case you didn’t know is the old base of the 25th tank division, located north of Berlin in the middle of the Brandenburg forest. As many as 15,000 soldiers and civilians once lived on the site.