In the 1960’s, with the space race in full swing, the heated quest for interplanetary exploration between the Earth’s superpowers gained a new, self-proclaimed, contender.
Edwuard Makuka, a Zambian schoolteacher, declared himself the country’s “Minister of Space” and founded the Zambia National Academy of Science, Space Research and Astronomical Research space academy in an abandoned farmhouse outside of Lusaka.
During the height of the “space race”, Edwuard decided to train the first African crew to travel to the moon. His plan was to use an aluminium rocket, and send a woman, two cats and a missionary into space. The Zambian space mission would first aim for the moon, then Mars, using a catapult system.