Contest Winner To Become First Black African in Space!
In 2015, 25 year-old Mandla Maseko will dare to embark on a journey where ‘No (Black African) man has gone before!”
Maseko will be blasted 62 miles into orbit on a Lynx mark II shuttle, as a reward from a space academy competition and will become the first black African in space! – Nice!
The South African is among 23 young people who saw off 1 million other entrants from around the world to emerge victorious in the Lynx Apollo Space Academy competition.
“It’s crazy,” said Maseko…“It hasn’t really sunk in yet. I’m envious of myself. “I’m not trying to make this a race thing but us blacks grew up dreaming to a certain stage. You dreamed of being a policeman or a lawyer but you knew you won’t get as far as pilot or astronaut. Then I went to space camp and I thought, I can actually be an astronaut.”
Maseko will also be the second South African in space following Mark Shuttleworth, a white entrepreneur and philanthropist who bought a seat on a Russian Soyuz capsule for £12m and spent eight days on board the international space station in 2002.
Well Good Luck Maseko, and God Speed!
Source: Bossip.com, TheGuardian.com/Image: Bossip.com