This Girl Snuck Into a Russian Military Rocket Factory

Her name is Lana Sator and she snuck into one of NPO Energomash factories outside of Moscow. Her photos are amazing, like sets straight out of Star Wars or Alien. Now the Russian government is harassing her.

It was easy to get in. She just went there, jumped over the fence and got right into the heart of the complex through a series of tunnels and pipes, which was very surprising. After all, this is an active industrial installation that belongs to one of the top manufacturers of liquid-fuel rockets in the world. Their engines power the modern Soyuz, the Zenit 3SL, and the Angara and Baikal launch vehicles. Heck, their RD-180 engine powers the first stage of the Atlas V, an American rocket. More importantly, they have specially strong ties to the Russian military.

And yet, she found nobody. No guards, no security. Nothing. Just a few CCTV cameras here and there in rooms packed with huge machinery.


While some of these zones look decrepit and abandoned, the factory is active. In fact, the government is really pissed off about Lana's adventure. The authorities have sent her letters saying that her situation will get "much worse" if she keeps posting photos from the factory.

But Lana doesn't seem to give a damn about it. She posted the letters on her site, which makes me want to go to Moscow, become her friend and party hard for a whole week. This girl is cooler and more badass than I will ever be.

That or she's crazy.

I don't care. Whatever it is, I love her. [Lana Sator via Animal New York via Minus Manhattan via It's Full of Stars]

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This Girl Snuck Into a Russian Military Rocket Factory

This shot is absolutely spectacular. It looks like an abandoned core in the Death Star.


This Girl Snuck Into a Russian Military Rocket FactoryThe factory from outside.
This Girl Snuck Into a Russian Military Rocket FactoryLana. Not only she's badass, but mighty cute.
This Girl Snuck Into a Russian Military Rocket FactoryThe view from one of the massive towers.
This Girl Snuck Into a Russian Military Rocket FactoryAnyone knows what this may be? Apart from a massive structure made of pure awesome, I mean.
This Girl Snuck Into a Russian Military Rocket FactoryThey keep the baby Sarlaccs here.
This Girl Snuck Into a Russian Military Rocket FactoryMassive pipes in perfect state.
This Girl Snuck Into a Russian Military Rocket FactoryOne of the active rooms in the site.
This Girl Snuck Into a Russian Military Rocket FactoryThe factory working, spewing smoke as seen from Moscow.