Stunning Landscapes and Starscapes in Kazakhstan

Take a moment to stop, breathe, and immerse yourself in the sheer beauty of our planet. Denis Frantsouzov spent last month travelling around Kazakhstan, collecting photographs, videos, time-lapses, and long exposures of the land and sky. The result a stunning 5-minute break from your day. » 6/06/14 11:22am 6/06/14 11:22am

The Strange, Post-Soviet Architecture of Astana, Kazakhstan

In 1991, Kazakhstan became the last Soviet republic to declare independence. Six years later, the government moved from the Almaty to Astana (formerly known as Aqmola). There, with the help of architects like Norman Foster, they built a futuristic city on the remains of old buildings from the Soviet era. » 5/13/14 4:54pm 5/13/14 4:54pm

What the hell is this massive pentagram doing in Kazakhstan?

Yikes, it looks like Satan worshippers in Kazakhstan are up to no good. But as ominous as this 1,200 foot pentagram appears, there's a much simpler explanation. » 8/05/13 4:40pm 8/05/13 4:40pm

This inquisitive gopher hangs out under a rocket launchpad in Kazakhstan

At Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome, a news cameraman inexplicably left his camera rolling near a functional launchpad. What occurred next was equally random — a gopher popped out of the ground to investigate and/or gnaw at the still-filming camera. Those readers wary of coincidences can happily postulate that this… » 7/20/12 7:50am 7/20/12 7:50am

This mind-blowing scifi movie was shot in the ruins of Chernobyl

What are you doing right now? Whatever's going on, table your plans immediately and watch this absolutely amazing short movie about a futuristic nuclear clean-up project gone awry. » 2/23/12 11:45am 2/23/12 11:45am

In Kazakhstan, cosmonauts must go through winter wilderness training to…

When cosmonauts and astronauts now return from a long-duration space mission on board the International Space Station, they are always coming home on a Soyuz capsule, landing in northern Kazakhstan. The Kazakh Steppe is known for its bitter winters (I just checked the local weather in Ayagoz, Kazakhstan and there is… » 1/21/12 3:45pm 1/21/12 3:45pm

Marijuana harvesting in Kyrgyzstan sometimes involves naked horseback…

The Chu Valley between Kyrgyzstan and Kazkhstan is the home to an extremely hardy type of marijuana that resisted Soviet-era efforts to stamp it out. Law-breaking marijuana farmers in the region harvest the crop normally, but they also procure their stick-icky using a tried and true method that's been around for… » 9/10/11 9:35am 9/10/11 9:35am

Möbius Strip Library Adds a Twist to Kazakh Architecture

BIG Architects recently unveiled their unusual design for a new library to be built in Astana, Kazakhstan: a twisting infinite loop designed to maximize natural lighting for the library and shading for the interior corridor. » 8/27/09 11:52am 8/27/09 11:52am

Kazakhstan's Cosmodrome Prepares for the Conquest of Space

It's amazing how sleek and old-school the Soyuz rocket looks, preparing to blast off from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome to the International Space Station. Especially surrounded by Soviet-looking guards. More Cosmodrome porn is below. » 3/25/09 11:05am 3/25/09 11:05am

Niiice: Borat's Homeland Gets A Space Pyramid

Perhaps in an attempt to shake off the backward, cousin-marrying, antisemitic image it got from Sacha Baron Cohen's film Borat, Kazakhstan has hired British architects Foster and Partners to build a futuristic Pyramid Of Peace And Reconciliation. Built in just two years at a cost of 35 million pounds, the building is… » 11/04/08 3:40pm 11/04/08 3:40pm

The Future Of Space Exploration?

Black smoke belches out of a grinding old engine as it hauls Russia's latest Soyuz space capsule across a Kazakh wasteland, while armed guards keep watch. This mixture of high and low technology is probably the future of space exploration, as resources get scarcer and more small governments and independent operators… » 4/09/08 4:00pm 4/09/08 4:00pm

Kazakhstan's Highest Peak is a Pyramid-Shaped Alien Ship

Astana, Kazakhstan, has a new entertainment center that looks like a transparent pyramid-shaped alien ship. Designed by British architecture firm Foster and Partners, the structure arises from a 220 yard elliptical base and provides an indoor park, shopping venues, shelter from extreme weather conditions, and—perhaps… » 1/28/08 8:00am 1/28/08 8:00am