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First African Billed For Space Travel, Dies In A Motorbike Accident

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Mandla Maseko, a South African who won the chance to be the first black African in space has been killed in a motorbike accident. Maseko, 30, was killed, on Saturday a family statement says.

 

Afronaut and Spaceboy popularly known described himself as a typical township boy from Pretoria.

 

In 2013, the South African Air Force member beat one million entrants to win one of 23 places at a space academy in the US.

 

He had spent a week at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida doing tests in preparation for an hour-long sub-orbital flight, originally scheduled for 2015. (NAN)

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