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October 14, 2022 32 min

In this episode, we talk about some of the ‘Afronauts’ who dreamt of reaching the moon before the US & Soviet Union, the new Global North scramble for extraplanetary resources, and what practical steps African nations are taking around space cooperation projects with China. 

For more on some of the topics discussed check out:

  • The Zambian “Afronaut” Who Wanted to Join the Space Race by The New Yorker, 11 March 2017.
  • China aims to lift Africa’s space ambitions in drive to beat US domination by SCMP, 8 September 2022.
  • China Selects Kenya for Special Mission in Space by, 29 September 2022.

    The Crane: An Africa-China Podcast is a bi-monthly podcast giving you a fresh look at the news, events, and debates around China-Africa relations from the perspective of two young(ish) Africans.

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