Meet the Afronauts

Cristina De Middel, untitled photograph from ‘The Afronauts’ series (all images courtesy and © Cristina De Middel)

Cristina De Middel, untitled photograph from ‘The Afronauts’ series (all images courtesy and © Cristina De Middel)

 

“In the 1960s, while the United States and the Soviet Union were playing out their battle of who would make it to the moon first and so dominate the galactic skies, a former high school teacher in Zambia decided his country needed a space program. Edward Festus Makuka Nkoloso founded the unofficial Zambia National Academy of Science, Space Research and Philosophy in 1960, and over the course of the next few years, attempted to launch the first Afronaut — his term —into space. One of the chosen cadets was 17-year-old Matha Mwambwa, along with two cats, but she never made it very far due to a lack of funds and equipment, as well as the fact that she became pregnant.”

via Meet the Afronauts.

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