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Mandla Maseko: South Africans are the first Black Africans in space to die in a crash



The 30-year-old Maseko hit a million other competitors to win an Ax Apollo Space Academy-sponsored space travel that was untimed at the time of his death.

"It's not really lost" I'm jealous of myself, "Maseko said in a Guardian interview at the time," You dreamed of being a cop or lawyer, but you knew you did not get as far as a pilot or an astronaut.

"Then I went to the spacecamp and thought I might actually be an astronaut."

He later became a private pilot and was also a corporal of the South African National Defense Force, according to this Twitter Biography.

Maseko was named one of 23 winners of the competition worldwide in 2014 shortly after the death of South Africa's first black president, Nelson Mandela.

He was an avid public speaker and social worker who inspired many African children's careers said in the family statement.

In 2016, he was honored by the South African Gauteng Department of Education and had, according to Au ssage a science building at a school named after him.

Details of his memorial service and funeral will be announced later this week, said the spokeswoman for the family, Sthembile Shabangu hashtag #RIPMandlaMaseko.

White South African businessman Mark Shuttleworth, who had bought a seat on a Russian Soyuz capsule for £ 12 million, was the first African in space.

He spent eight days aboard the International Space Station in 2002.


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