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2030: Nigeria to Send an Astronaut to Space

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.

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“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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