As one if its plans to enhance technology and a world class space industry, the Nigerian government has revealed that an astronaut will be sent to the space by 2030.
“The space program is very important,” said Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, during a speech in the capital city Abuja.
“Space is a major asset that Nigeria must be involved in for the purpose of protecting national interests.”
A Nigerian Space Agency delegation will visit partners in China this month to discuss logistics and investment for a manned space mission, which would be the first African nation.
Onu also recently before now announced plans to start a pencil manufacturing industry that would create 400,000 jobs.
The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) has launched five satellites since 2003, with three still in orbit delivering vital services.
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