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Abandoned Russian Mine...or Darth Vader's Death Star?

Coincidence? Have you ever noticed how much the Mir Mine in Russia looks suspiciously like Darth Vader's Death Star? The airspace above the mine apparently is closed to helicopters because "of a few incidents in which they were sucked in by the downward air flow." Holy crap.

That probably does not happen on the Death Star, as there is no air in space. The Mir Mine is an abandoned open pit diamond mine in Eastern Siberia. It was producing so many diamonds for a while that De Beers got worried it would lower the global price of diamonds and hurt their bottom line.

Giant hole built by Russia on the left. Giant hole built by Vader on the right.
Giant hole built by Russia on the left. Giant hole built by Vader on the right.

Abandoned Russian Mine...or Darth Vader's Death Star?

It takes trucks 2 hours to drive from the top of the mine to the bottom. Two. Hours.

Abandoned Russian Mine...or Darth Vader's Death Star?

Abandoned Russian Mine...or Darth Vader's Death Star?