Nigeria has at least two space agencies and has launched rockets into space. Would you travel in a Nigerian rocket to space?
The national Nigerian space agency is National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), based in Abuja. It has launched 5 satellites and worked with the UK, China, USA, and Ukraine since it was founded in 2001.
“Me? Travel in a Nigerian space rocket? When there are planes crashing up and down?” laughs one Nigerian business man.
“I don’t trust Nigerian rockets!” says a Lagos trader.
Nigeria has even announced plans to send an astronaut into space by 2030, which would make Nigeria the first African nation to put a person into space.
“The space program is very important,” said Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, during a speech in the capital city Abuja. “Space is a major asset that Nigeria must be involved in for the purpose of protecting national interests.”
The challenge, seems to be getting Nigerians to agree to go to space!
“The Nigerian government should take that money and help people who are struggling with poverty,” says one Nigerian woman.
“A Nigerian-made rocket? Technologically, we are not there yet. It’s unusual and I don’t think that will work.”
Can you travel to space in a Nigerian rocket?