The Reasons Behind Nigeria’s Astronaut’s Space Mission – FG

To launch the first Nigerian into space, the Nigerian government and the Delaware, USA-based Space Exploration and Research Agency (SERA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
During the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in Abuja, Nigeria’s Minister of Innovation, Science, and Technology, Uche Nnaji, declared that space travel for humans is a major national priority.

As SERA continues to test the platform, the minister indicated that spaceflight could become possible at any point between now and December, or in 2025.

“A major goal of the Nigeria Space Policy and Programme, which the Federal Executive Council (FEC) authorized in 2001, is human spaceflight, not simply a random desire.

President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda includes bringing all discarded national initiatives back to life and putting them into action. This collaboration provides a way to realize our long-held national goal,” he said.

Dr. Matthew Adepoju, Director-General of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), disclosed that SERA had covered the entire cost of launching a Nigerian into space.

He emphasized that, particularly in view of Nigeria’s 25-year celebration of its space program, this event signifies the start of the agency’s efforts to achieve its ambitions for human spaceflight.

“One of the main goals of our National Space Policy and Program is the Human Spaceflight program. To further this goal, we founded the Department of Physical and Life Sciences three years ago. He clarified, “This initiative is one of our deep space explorations, with many potential spinoffs and opportunities for Nigerians.”
Three countries account for 80% of the world’s astronaut population, according to Joshua Skurla, co-founder of SERA.

He said that SERA is thrilled to collaborate with NASRDA to carry on Nigeria’s strong tradition of scientific and technological innovation into space, opening up new frontiers for Nigerian space explorers.

In the meantime, Sam Hutchison, the creator of SERA, said that any Nigerian, regardless of specialty, over the age of eighteen might apply to be a part of the space expedition.

“The citizen who will travel to space will be chosen by the people of Nigeria.” Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to apply; no additional credentials are needed.

It will be possible for you to register and persuade people to vote for you. The Nigerian people would choose four astronaut candidates through a democratic process before to the ultimate decision, he clarified.

The Nigerian government hopes to inspire youth, foster national pride, and increase Nigeria’s scientific and technological reputation globally through its space exploration program.

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