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He May Become Africa's First Astronaut: Know Him, Celebrate Him

Since the space age began in the late 1950s, no single black person has ever become an astronaut. 

The only ever African to go to space was a white South African man named Mark Shuttleworth who paid the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, a reported $120 million to board the Russian Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station. 

Mark Shuttleworth went to space as a tourist, not astronaut. 

African countries haven’t really invested much in space exploration. And this is to the detriment of the continent. 

Space exploration isn’t merely about travelling to the stars. It’s about extending the nation’s growth towards the stars to gain new knowledge, and resources. 

It’s been discovered that some asteroids contain rare raw materials that could be used on earth as energy sources. The first countries to have access to go to these asteroids and mine these minerals will become incredibly wealthy in an instant. 

Moreover, research in space travel has made significant contributions to the advancement of technology here on earth; for example, the cellphone technology we take for granted today came from space technologies. 

It is time Africa entered the space race; And a young, vibrant, intelligent, Zimbabwean man by the name of Clement Sibanda is determined to become Africa’s first ever astronaut.

Clement Sibanda hails from a small resettlement village in in Lupane, Matebeleland North. 

He is currently pursuing bioastronautics, a scientific discipline that combines medicine, space science and aerospace engineering to take care of the health and wellbeing of the astronaut in space. 

He also has plans to do a test pilot licence at the National Test Pilot School in Mojave, Carlifonia, USA, afterwhich he will apply to NASA’s (Natinal Aeronautics And Space Administration) astronaut program. 

With a CV boosting a PhD in Bioastronautics, and a test pilot licence, chances are good Clement will make the cut and become Africa’s first ever astronaut. 

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