Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Cristina De Middel, "The Afronauts"

"In 1964, a Zambian school teacher, Edward Mukuka Nkoloso, dreamed of flying to the moon. He urged the Zambian government to establish an African space program that would compete head on with NASA and the Soviets to place astronauts on the moon. Zambian officials listened politely, and then got on with more earthly problems, like building hospitals and schools. So Nkoloso built his own space academy in an abandoned farmhouse near the Zambian capital and began training young African men and women to become astronauts. His techniques were unconventional."
The Last Word on Nothing points us to an amazing short film by Spanish artist and photojournalist Cristina de Middel.

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Back in the '90s I assisted an African scientist with an application to become a NASA astronaut. He told me that no black African had ever been in space. I don't know if that's still true, but I strongly suspect it is still the case.

My client, despite having done PhD level work in four different disciplines, being on the U.S. Army's payroll and maintaining excellent fitness ratings, was not selected for a shuttle mission.

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