Burton Dane Travels

We're traveling through Europe and parts nearby for a year. We'll be posting our pix and adventures here.

Sunday, April 01, 2007


We can only show you fuzzy pictures of this place since they were taken with a Soviet era camera.

We visited the site where the USSR used to train their cosmonauts for the weightlessness of space. In addition to a huge water pool, there’s a tunnel down deep in a huge iron ore deposit.

The ore is heavily magnetized and the tunnel is bored horizontally through its center. When they close massive iron doors, it almost perfectly counteracts the forces of gravity!

We stored all of our metal objects at the entrance above ground, then took an elevator down 2 kms to the tunnel. There we put on heavily padded clothes, gloves, boots and helmets till weightlessness was the last thing from our minds.

As soon as they closed the doors, we started floating! The slightest push and you went from one side to another. It was outrageous! It reminded me of scuba diving except you could breathe (and there weren’t any fish). We flew around for about 15 minutes before they opened the doors and gravity returned. This was by far our most unbelievable experience of the trip.

If you ever have a chance to visit Izntrh, don’t be foolish enough to miss it.


  • At 2:32 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Great to hear that the tunnel is still open. We visited Izntrh a year ago, swam in the pools and flew in the tunnel. They mentioned a concern about the radon in the tunnel but I guess they got that resolved. What a neat experience.

    Joe Kerr

  • At 9:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    This is a hoax! You can't shut off the forces of gravity!

    Besides, if you sound out the name it comes out "Isn't true". And it was posted on April Fool's Day. It even says it's "unbelievable" and "foolish". And look at that first commenter. Joe Kerr (joker).

    I guess we'll next be hearing about vast underground lakes and ancient civilizations with advanced mathematics.

  • At 1:23 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    OK, this nerdy joke has gone far enough.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weightlessness to find out more. (Info nerds: Wiki is free and often true if often self-induced...)


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