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Photo of one of the transport buses in the abandoned Jupiter factory in Pripyat.

The Jupiter factory in Pripyat is a legend. The official history is alleged that they made cassette recorders and other minor parts, but most of its shops made different products. Secretly (allegedly) in the factories they were developing and assembling military computers and “black boxes”, those products were mysteriously named “Product No:”. It is not officially known what the products were used for but We can only assume that most of them were used for military submarines, fighters and even in the space industry.

The dimensions of the factory are huge. While the majority of the population of Pripyat were working at the Power plant, the remaining residents were employed by this factory. Jupiter had been functioning up until the moment when power generation was halted at the Powerplant. Chernobyl NPP was the main source of power for the factory.

Today it is abandoned. Even though people left it not so long ago, it still has many Soviet machines, devices and other stuff.

Named for the nearby Pripyat River, Pripyat was founded on 4 February 1970, the ninth nuclear city in the Soviet Union, for the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It was officially proclaimed a city in 1979, and had grown to a population of 49,360 before being evacuated a few days after the 26 April 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

Though Pripyat is located within the administrative district of Ivankiv Raion, the abandoned city now has a special status within the larger Kiev Oblast (province), being administered directly from Kiev. Pripyat is also supervised by Ukraine's Ministry of Emergencies, which manages activities for the entire Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

Access to Pripyat, unlike cities of military importance, was not restricted before the disaster as nuclear power stations were seen by the Soviet Union as safer than other types of power plants. Nuclear power stations were presented as being an achievement of Soviet engineering, where nuclear power was harnessed for peaceful projects. The slogan "peaceful atom" (Russian: mirnyj atom) was popular during those times. The original plan had been to build the plant only 25 km (16 mi) from Kiev, but the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, among other bodies, expressed concern about it being too close to the city. As a result, the power station and Pripyat were built at their current locations, about 100 km (62 mi) from Kiev. After the disaster the city of Pripyat was evacuated in two days.

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