Why African Governments need to budget more for Outer Space

The concept of outer space may mean nothing to the common man in the streets of Lagos, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Cairo. Africa’s most pressing challenges include poverty, inadequate health care, poor infrastructure and education. In essence, governments in Africa should give priority and commit resources to address these pressing challenges. It may sound Utopian to ask African governments to pursue outer space programs with limited resources meant for alleviating poverty and combating insecurity. However, successes in previous missions in the outer space have proven that there is a lot to gain than a mere luxury of astronauts beyond earth. This article explains in plain terms how African governments can leverage the outer space to combat the region’s pressing…

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