First Black African Chosen for Space Travel Dies in Motorcycle Accident

A South African man who was expected to become the first black African in space was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a car on Saturday.

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Mandla Maseko beat out a million people in 2013 to win a sub-orbital trip sponsored by the Axe Apollo Space Academy.

The 30-year-old Maseko, popularly known as “Spaceboy” and “Afronaut,” was one of 23 people who won a seat on the trip to space.

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