The first attempt by an African to land on the moon was made in 1964 by a Zambian high school teacher Edward Mukuka Nkoloso, who attempted to outdo America and the Soviet Union in the race to land on the moon.
Although he did not succeed, his ambitious idea gave rise to the numerous space programs that Africa boasts today.
Here are the top five African countries that are currently running advanced space programs.
On top of being the largest economy in Africa, Nigeria has a highly advanced space program operated by its own space agency, the National Space Research and Development Agency (NSRDA), which was established in 2001.
The West African nation has so far launched five self-made satellites that are used for various tasks, including performing environmental and scientific studies in the larger Niger delta and locating terrorists from the region’s terror group Boko Haram.
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