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March 13, 2017

“Our spacecraft, Cyclops I, will soar into deep abysmal space beyond the epicycles of the seventh heaven,”

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it proclaimed, before gesturing toward how much the space race was about race. “Our posterity, the Black scientists, will continue to explore the celestial infinity until we control the whole of outer space.” Nkoloso was also happy to demonstrate his D.I.Y. space technology and training. He rolled his cadets down a hill in a forty-gallon oil drum to simulate the weightless conditions of the moon. “I also make them swing from the end of a long rope,” he told a reporter. “When they reach the highest point, I cut the rope. This produces the feeling of freefall.” The mulolo (swinging) system, he hinted, was itself a potential means of space travel. “We have tied ropes to tall trees and then swung our astronauts slowly out into space.” Nkoloso had considered launching the shuttle with a catapult system that turned out to be “much too primitive,” and referred to “turbulent propulsion” as an area for future investigation. The Zambian "Afronaut" Who Wanted to Join the Space Race - The New Yorker

Posted by gerardvanderleun at March 13, 2017 9:13 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I think he means deep aboriginal space.

Posted by: billH at March 13, 2017 9:54 AM

Race-obsessers are never going to go beyond their navels. Stargazers go to the stars. Navelgazers, not so much.

Posted by: Jewel at March 13, 2017 11:29 AM

How can the New Yorker BE so raaaaaacist?

Posted by: Sam L. at March 13, 2017 2:52 PM

Astrophysicists are studying 'dark matter'.
Does dark matter matter?
Now we have Doesn't Matter. *sigh*

Posted by: Ga Gator at March 13, 2017 7:32 PM

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