• Short Summary

    A GROUP OF ZAMBIANS HAS JOINED THE RACE TO GET THE FIRST MAN ON THE MOON.

  • Description

    A GROUP OF ZAMBIANS HAS JOINED THE RACE TO GET THE FIRST MAN ON THE MOON. IF ALL GOES WELL, SAYS THEIR LEADER, THE TRIP WILL BE EARLY NEXT YEAR. TWELVE WOULD-BE ASTRONAUTS ARE CURRENTLY BEING TRAINED UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF ZAMBIA'S SELF-APPOINTED "MINISTER OF SPACE," MR. EDWARD NKOLOSO.

    THE TRAINING IS BEING CARRIED OUT AT AN ABANDONED FARMHOUSE NEAR LUSAKA, WHICH MR. NKOLOSO CALLS THE ZAMBIA SPACE ACADEMY. FROM HERE, HE SAYS, THE ROCKET WILL BE LAUNCHED. THE OIL DRUM-SHAPED ROCKET -- MEASURING 10 FEET (3 METRES) LONG -- IS MADE OF ALUMINUM AND COPPER.

    MR. NKOLOSO IS DEADLY SERIOUS ABOUT HIS BID TO JOIN THE SPACE CLUB. "OUR THINKING IS ALREADY SIX OR SEVEN YEARS AHEAD OF AMERICA AND RUSSIA," HE SAYS. "I HAVE KNOWN FOR LONG THAT RUSSIAN SPIES ARE OPERATING IN ZAMBIA. YES, AND AMERICAN SPIES AREA ALL OVER TOWN, TOO. THEY WANT OUR SPACE SECRETS." HE WANTS THEM ROUNDED UP AND JAILED WITHOUT TRIAL.

    AT THE MOMENT, TWO VITAL MOON TRIPS HAVE TO BE OVERCOME BEFORE THE MOON TRIP IS POSSIBLE: THE LACK OF MONEY AND ROCKET FUEL. MR NKOLOSO HAS ASKED UNESCO FOR A GBP7 1/2-MILLION GRANT, AND THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT FOR SUPPLIES OF LIQUID OXYGEN AND LIQUID HYDROGEN.

    MEANWHILE, HE IS PRESSING ON WITH THE TRAINING PROGRAMME. ONE OF THE ASTRONAUTS IS A GIRL -- 15-YEAR-OLD MATHA MWAMBA. HE HOPES THAT SHE WILL BE THE FIRST PERSON TO LAND ON MARS, THE SECOND PHASE OF HIS ROCKET PROJECT.

    IN AN INTERVIEW, MR. NKOLOSO TALKED ABOUT THE PROJECT:--

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA793X3X803DV572JTZI9PSCNP0
    Media URN:
    VLVA793X3X803DV572JTZI9PSCNP0
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/11/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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