In 1964, still living the dream of their recently gained independence, Zambia began a space program with the hope of sending the first African to the moon—catching up to the U.S. and Soviet Union in the space race. But the funding for the project was never raised, as the United Nations declined its support, and one of the astronauts, a 16-year old girl, got pregnant and had to quit. The Afronauts (May, 2012) is the visual depiction of how the heroic 1964 initiative to begin a space program in Zambia turned into an exotic episode of African history, surrounded by wars, violence, droughts and hunger.
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