1451811 story Soviet Space Battle Station Images Published 350 Posted by Hemos on Monday November 22, 2004 @08:31AM from the a-page-from-the-past dept. An anonymous reader writes "Images of the Soviet Union's laser space battle station Skif and its prototype Polyus have been published on the web. Polyus-Skif was the Soviet response to the American 'Star Wars' program of the 1980s. The Polyus was launched in May 1987 but a faulty sensor caused it to de-orbit into the South Pacific. More information can be found at Encyclopedia Astronautica."