Story highlights African countries are investing in space for economic development Nigeria aims to have a astronaut in space by 2030 (CNN)African space programs are nothing new. In 1964 Edward Mukuka Nkoloso, high school teacher and self-appointed director of Zambia’s national space program, had the bold ambition of beating the USA and the Soviet Union in the space race, and landing a Zambian on the Moon. Using unconventional techniques, such as spinning students around a tree in an oil drum, Nkoloso trained 12 astronauts. He was unsuccessful, but in 2014 there was a film released inspired by his efforts. Fortunately Africa’s space programs now look much more promising. In fact, in the last decade the continent has entered a space race. An image of the International Space Station (ISS) is projected during the public viewing of deployment of Kenyas first cube satellite at the University of Nairobi in Nairobi. Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia, Egypt and Algeria have taken a renewed interests in their existing programs, and Kenya has joined the club and launched its own home-designed satellite last week. Read More Two big players While no African country is within realistic reach of moon travel yet, Nigeria and South Africa… Read full this story
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