Meet the afronauts: Hilarious pictures poke fun at the Zambian space programme which never quite got off the ground | Mail Online

Meet the afronauts: Hilarious pictures poke fun at infamous Zambian space programme which never quite got off the groundBy Daily Mail ReporterPUBLISHED: 05:30, 26 April 2012 | UPDATED: 11:51, 26 April 2012 Comments 73 ShareThese cheeky pictures were produced to celebrate the infamous Zambian space programme of the 1960s, which never quite took off.In 1964, at the very height of the Space Race, Zambian grade-school science teacher Edward Makuka Nkoloso announced he was creating a national space programme.He claimed he would beat both the Soviets and the United States by launching a rocket that would send twelve astronauts and ten cats to Mars.

Boldy going: An 'afronaut' models his helmet in one of shots to celebrate the ill-fated Zambian space programme of 1964

Mission control: Nkoloso asked Unesco for a £7,000,000 grant and instructed missionaries to not force Christianity onto the native Martian inhabitants if they didn't want it

Target: Nkoloso claimed his country would not only beat both the Americans and Russians to the moon, but do it within a year

 

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