Africans Urged to Back Continent’s First Moon Mission

David Smith, Guardian, January 5, 2015

“The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena,” wrote the astronomer Carl Sagan. “Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors, so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.”

Africa has had its fair share of self-important generals and emperors who failed to comprehend the bigger picture. Now the continent is being asked to gaze upward and unite for a common goal: its first mission to the moon.

Organisers of Africa2Moon hope to inspire and educate a new generation of engineers and scientists, as well as shattering prejudices in the rest of the world that often paint this as a hopeless, dependent and scientifically illiterate continent.

“The main reason we chose the moon is that you can walk outside and there it is,” said Jonathan Weltman, manager of the project and chief executive of the Foundation for Space Development. “Kids across Africa can pull out a telescope and see it.”

The ultimate ambition, which could take a decade, is to put a probe on the lunar surface or in orbit around it, then beam back live pictures via the internet to classrooms all over Africa. It will also be a platform for experiments proposed by scientists. But Weltman believes the journey is as important as the destination: every year there will be a related project inviting mass participation.

The non-profit foundation, based in Cape Town, South Africa, has turned to online crowdfunding and is seeking $150,000 by the end of the month for the first phase, which will involve addressing and recruiting students at universities across Africa. So far it has raised $12,744 since 19 November.

It has faced some criticism on social media with sceptics claiming that Africa, still beset by crises such as Ebola and several conflicts, should stay out of the space race. Weltman responded: “You can feel the ‘Afro-pessimism’ coming out. Some perceptions are true and can’t be denied: we have to eradicate corruption, we have to deal with diseases, we have to eradicate poverty.

“But it doesn’t mean you don’t plan for the future at the same time. If we don’t plan for the future, where will we be? It’s ludicrous to think we shouldn’t continue our research and exploration. If we don’t, we’ll lose more and more of our people until we are 100% reliant on the rest of the world.”

Africa2Moon’s less obvious mission back on Earth is to develop skilled workforces in countries with young populations and high unemployment, and to halt the African brain drain to America and Europe. In some parts of the continent, figures show, more than half of university graduates migrate to Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development countries.

In a recent blogpost, headed “Doesn’t Africa have bigger priorities than going to the moon?”, Weltman wrote: “I was spurred into writing this post after hearing a seriously bright, well qualified and well respected young man, from a very humble and typical rural African upbringing, remark on reading negative comments on stories about Africa2Moon: ‘HOW DARE THEY’.

“By that he meant how dare anyone tell him what he is and is not allowed to aspire to. How dare anyone, who has not walked in his shoes to get where he has gotten, diminish his achievements by telling him there are more important priorities.”

In fact Africa already relies on space more than any other continent, Weltman argues, with satellites providing everything from maps and GPS to applications for agriculture, disaster management, healthcare in remote areas and the internet. “It is really more urgent for us because we don’t have a back-up infrastructure.”

South Africa, Nigeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt all have space and satellite programmes. The lion’s share of the planned Square Kilometre Array, the world’s biggest and most powerful radio telescope, will be spread across South Africa and eight other countries on the continent.

Mandla Maseko, set to become the first black African in space after winning a competition in 2013, welcomed Africa2Moon. “It’s a great initiative,” he said. “The world needs space and Africa needs space more than anybody. Other countries are taking part and Africa needs to gear up for the space wars.”

He added: “The Africa2Moon mission will spark something in people’s minds: space is accessible to everyone, not just Americans and Russians but Africans too.”

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  • baldowl

    LOL

    • Beat me to it.

    • APaige

      I thought it was from the Onion and the last sentence would be after Africans build two-story building they will fly to the moon.

    • bilderbuster

      On sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo many levels!

  • Easyrhino

    Coming soon: Lunar White Flight

  • superlloyd

    There should be no shortage of African space cadets.

    • Reynardine

      They just need a couple of cats, a girl, and some missionaries.

  • DD-762

    Once the Africans can overcome sh**ting in the streets or on the beach, they should definitely shoot for the moon.

  • Bobbala

    Why would negros go to the moon? There are no white racists there. If there was, He would flee to Mars as soon as the Africans landed …

    • Luca

      If you put Air Jordans on the moon…they will come.

      • NoMosqueHere

        Or build a Popeye’s.

        • Reynardine

          Deep frying things in space is going to be hazardous as heck.

          I like it.

    • bilderbuster

      It’s a good thing the moon has the Nazi Moon Base there to keep them from doing to the moon what they do everywhere on Earth they go.

      • Isn’t that in Antarctica?

        • bilderbuster

          That was after the war.
          They upgraded after they invented UFOs.
          Well, the Nazis didn’t really invent UFOs because they “stole” the technology from the ancient Africans, but nevertheless, they have no intention of allowing the Blacks another chance to destroy the moon again.

  • Starting my stopwatch…I’ll stop it when the first article comes out about “Africa2Moon” being found out as a scam.

    • DD-762

      A scam?? I certainly hope not since I already donated. Damn!

    • That comment is probably more accurate than most of us even know. I bet they are going to raise thousands of dollars (I doubt millions) and, within time, the entire fund-raising efforts will be exposed as a massive scam.

      Plus, let’s be honest, blacks really aren’t interested in space exploration. They are into the here-and-now (meaning malt liquor, chicken wings, and weed). Space exploration is something only whites (for the most part) pursue.

    • Luca

      Not before Obama appropriates a foreign aid package for them.

    • bilderbuster

      The second the crowdfund account was opened.

    • Charles Martel

      My guess is that Jonathan Weltman is white.

      An incredibly stupid idea nonetheless!

  • Brady

    “The main reason we chose the moon is that you can walk outside and there it is,” said Jonathan Weltman, manager of the project and chief executive of the Foundation for Space Development. “Kids across Africa can pull out a telescope and see it.”

    The moon is the only thing that Africans can find with a telescope. Brilliant. That’s the reason they chose the moon, as opposed to what? Mars? Venus? Alpha Centauri? Distance had nothing to do with it?

    • IstvanIN

      I don’t need a telescope to see the moon and I am very near sighted. In fact I can see Venus and Mars with my glasses on.

    • The sun is pretty easy to see, as well. They could pull out telescopes and look at it very intently.

    • Guest

      The Sun? They don’t even need a telescope to see the Sun.

    • MekongDelta69

      “‘The main reason we chose the moon is that you can walk outside and there it is,’ said Jonathan Weltman, manager of the project and chief executive of the Foundation for Space Development.”

      So is a Popeye’s or KFC, you demented fool. What black dreams of going to the moon, when he can walk a block from the projects, and rob a ghetto fried chicken store?

      [And this ‘genius’ is a ‘chief executive.’]

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      Your brain is going to start to hurt if you try to make sense of a bunch of African. Just don’t do it.

      • bilderbuster

        What hurts is the thought of multiculti teachers organizing fundraisers for White school children to “donate”.

      • Dr.Bazzi

        These idiots never built a ocean going ship, the plans they had for one were stolen by the Greeks.

    • Yancy Derringer

      “The main reason we chose the moon…”
      That is flat-out hysterical.

    • bilderbuster

      They can see Mount Kilimanjaro too but they never went there.

  • dd121

    What manner of delusional madness is this?

  • IstvanIN

    There goes another neighborhood.

  • MekongDelta69

    I can NOT resist posting this!:

    Zambia’s Forgotten Space Program 1964
    https://www[dot]youtube[dot]com/watch?v=M9Do3dz9TR0

    If you want 62 seconds of sheer hilarity, you HAVE to watch this.

    • John

      Love the conclusion made at the end. I’m “inclined to agree” too.

    • Magician

      And I was amused by what this cutie did

      nydailynews[dot]com/news/crime/tiffany-hurd-busted-breaking-butler-county-jail-ohio-article-1.1125148

      • I had to go to the “Weird News” section on HuffPo, of all places to find that one. She actually tried to break INTO the county jail there after demanding she be arrested and then being told by deputies to leave. That’s just way too weird.

        • Reynardine

          It would be racist to not put her in jail, I guess, because that’s what she demands.

    • Brady

      “Instead of blasting rockets to mark the birth of Zambia,
      a space march with acrobats will be displayed.” The reader
      may think that this is satire, but that would be a mistake.
      Such play-acting represents a kind of reality to the African
      mind and is intended to impress both Zambians and
      the world at large that Zambia is in the forefront of those
      countries now reaching forward to the conquest of space.
      In a later report Minister Nkoloso appears content with
      the more modest title of Minister of Space. The first “space
      woman”, however, has been accorded the title “Sister
      of the Heavens” and Nkoloso solemnly declares that he
      will land her on the moon this year (1965). Her training
      includes being rolled down an ant-hill in a barrel every
      day, because—the Minister explains—this “simulates the
      conditions of a moon-landing”. Nkoloso himself swings
      from a tree, being convinced that “this is training for
      feeling weightlessness”. His twelve space cadets are dressed
      in green satin jackets and yellow trousers. Asked if that
      is their space uniform, they reply: “No, we are the Dynamite
      Rock Music Group when we are not space cadets”. The
      capsule which the Minister of Space intends to use for
      the landing of his space woman on the moon is being
      built out of dustbins soldered together. The launching
      mechanism? Believe it or not, a sapling bent back and
      then to be released! Al l that the Minister requires to see
      this great scientific venture well endowed is a favourable
      response to his application to Unesco for a grant of
      £7,500,000. So mad is the world that he might well get
      the money. At all events a supposedly responsible American
      journal sent him a wire begging him not to launch
      his space woman until one of its special correspondents,
      hastening to the scene, had arrived at the launching site.
      Laughable though such antics may seem, in a deeper
      sense they hold more cause for tears than for laughter.
      They are a true reflection of an aspect of the African
      mind to which almost an entire continent has been entrusted,
      and that aspect is by far the mildest and most
      innocuous.”

      -A.K. Chesterton, “The New Unhappy Lords”

      • Who Me?

        “Space cadets”. Uh huh, sounds about right.

      • Nancy

        Thank you for posting that, Brady. I’ve read other excerpts from that book as well, especially how there was a fabricated call for African Independence, started by European countries who were competing with each other, and they could barely find anyone on the whole continent who was willing to step up and govern. They were “preoccupied by petty tribal vendettas”, I believe was the phrase, and nothing has changed since then.

        My personal favorite is still “Negroes in Negroland”…but the message is the same.

    • Damn, you beat me to it! It’s a classic though!

    • John

      I notice the mods have removed the link I posted to the YouTube video on “The Old Negro Space Program” much earlier. Look it up and watch it if you haven’t alread. Very funny spoof on Ken Burns style documentaries and of course, our friends, the darkies.

      • bilderbuster

        Last year when I watched it for the umteenth time the comments section had been removed.
        One need not hazard a guess as to why.

        • John

          As Dad would say “that’s enough to piss off the Pope”. BrewTube has smartened up. They now proactively disable comments on videos that are going to generate politically incorrect comments in advance. Based on some comments I’ve read there they don’t have a very large staff for moderating posts. Comments that use a lot of “F bombs” for example and the “N” word in conjunction with one another have stood the test of time as a result.

      • Strider73

        Apparently someone forgot to tell Mr. Weltman that American blacks landed on the moon way back on Sept. 31, 1966!

        That video has become so popular, it now has its own Wikipedia page.

        • John

          Fancy that. Now if only the BrewTube video “When Israel is Mighty” would receive a similar following a lot of progress could be made.

  • Sighisoara

    I’m sure the spacecraft will function at least as well as those smooth running African airlines.

    • Reynardine

      Oh you mean the Russians will fly them? In that case…

    • bilderbuster

      What about the African Automobile Company and all the Pimpmobiles they make?

      • Nancy

        “Curb feelers”: truly an innovation ahead of its time.

  • Ludwig

    I say we let them have it. Provide whatever technological assistance is needed and encourage them all to go.

    • Alexandra1973

      How much do they need for a slingshot?

      • bilderbuster

        Don’t be such a cheapskate.
        Give them a really big Clown Cannon.
        It will be worth every cent to watch.

        • Alexandra1973

          You owe me a new monitor!

    • Katherine McChesney

      Hamster power.

      • Alexandra1973

        They’d probably snack on the hamster.

        • Reynardine

          After they did other things to it, of course.

  • OK, I have to be the first to say it here:

    “I Can’t Breathe!”

    Hehehehe!

    • Nancy

      I can’t breathe, indeed.

  • Magician

    I am all for local children in Africa learning more about the Space, but “we think going to the moon is a great idea because children can see the moon with a telescope” is not sensible one bit.

    • David Ashton

      What they could do is turn the telescope round, get some tweezers and pop the moon into a KFC container.

  • I wonder if they are going to use that same African (Nigerian?) astronaut that can be viewed on Youtube? You know, the one who built some contraption in his back yard that couldn’t run or take off and looked like something you’d see in a children’s ‘jungle gym’ (pun intended)?

    • MekongDelta69

      Pssst: Scroll down a few posts until you see mine!

      • Thanks, I just noticed it. I’m slow on the trigger today.

  • Bartek

    Personally I’d donate money if they all were trying to leave the planet.

  • cherrie greenbaum123

    Wow, the jokes practically write themselves on this one. I hardly know where to begin. I’ll be trolling this space heavily for the next 24 hours just to get some well deserved belly laughs.

    • bilderbuster

      Sooner or later someone’s going to give in and make a crack about the dark side of the moon.

  • Bartek

    Make light of Africans all you want, at least Africans resisted colonization and fought back. Which is more than White people seem capable of doing.

    • Sick of it

      They had help because they obviously couldn’t fight us on their own (and didn’t).

    • Lygeia

      The Africans were funded by the Chinese. China wanted the resources of Africa and wanted whites out. All of the African Maoist insurgent groups starting in the late 1960s were funded by China. In addition China is Mugabe’s protector and that is why he is in charge of Zimbabwe. This was how the Africans were able to resist “colonization”: Chinese money.

      • IstvanIN

        The UK and the US certainly did their best to throw the Rhodesians under the bus.

        • benvad

          Without a doubt. Now it’s time to return the favor to China by arming Vietnam Philippines Uyghurs Tibetans and anyone to cause trouble to China.

      • Charles Martel

        The Chinese want the resources that have not been exploited by the natives (gee, I wonder why??). They recently bought a huge swath of arable land to grow crops. Infrastructure projects funded by the Chinese are also staffed by Chinese workers sent to Africa. They could care less about the African people, who are just getting on the way!

  • Pro-Apartheid

    Mark Shuttleworth – a white man – was the first African in space.

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    If we don’t plan for the future, where will we be?
    .
    LOL Exactly where you are now, 10,000+ years behind everyone else?

  • Brian

    I’m reminded of an episode of the Simpsons where Homer builds a robot, and Marge gently reminds him that a real robot doesn’t just look like robot, it actually has wires and chips and batteries and stuff inside of it.

    I can easily picture the Bantu finding a picture of a space shuttle in a set of encyclopedias on a ransacked white farm, building something that looks kind of like a space shuttle out of cardboard and scrap metal and even that most famous African building material, cow dung. They then all stand around oooking and eeeking and scratching their heads, wondering why it’s not doing anything until eventually they blame it on a witch and decide to burn someone alive for witchcraft.

    • Irishgirl

      Cargo cult!

      • kikz2

        thx Irish, you just nutshelled what i was trying to convey to some dolt over on the ‘atlantic MS Delta link’. he kept whining that White infrastructure bypassing Black communities had caused their plight… … i reminded him that his people had been gifted with total freedom of movement for 150yrs.. and that they had been, just like his family FREE TO MOVE elsewhere if they were not satisfied with their circumstance. ‘cargo cult’ mentality succinctly explains their inability to remove themselves from their predicament. they expect ‘it’ civilization.. to be brought to them… cargo cult mentality..

      • Yancy Derringer

        “Novelist Chinua Achebe in his 1984 book The Trouble with Nigeria criticized what he called the “cargo cult mentality” of the rulers of many developing countries who issued lofty proclamations about the future of their countries but fail to exert the necessary effort to bring about those improvements.” – Wiki

        • Black loves to talk about their greatness, but then when the real work has to be done to implement such claims, they either do little or nothing.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    “shattering prejudices in the rest of the world that often paint this as a hopeless, dependent and scientifically illiterate continent.”

    Those aren’t prejudices. Those are post-judices based on two things called the past and the present.

    • Michael Whalen

      Coupled with first hand observations and empirical evidence.

    • Yancy Derringer

      Paint it? That’s by and large what it is.

  • cherrie greenbaum123

    “The main reason we chose the moon is that you can walk outside and there it is,” said Jonathan Weltman, manager of the project and chief executive of the Foundation for Space Development. “Kids across Africa can pull out a telescope and see it.”
    *****
    So the rationality behind going to the moon is that it’s outside, it’s pretty, and everyone can point to it. Quantum theory as to time travel, rocket engineering, trial shuttles into orbit? Nope. It’s, “Wees gwine to da moon and it gwine be a goo time!” ****sigh******

    • IstvanIN

      ….and then complain the moon be a food desert.

    • Valmont

      Is Jonathan Weltman a traditional African name?
      The article doesn’t mention what tribe he belongs to.

      • Augustus3709

        Jonathan “World Man”, a good name for the wandering who.

  • Yves Vannes

    In a continent where Western or Asian help is needed to replace an elevator or a power generator – Africa2Moon, if it happens will be WesternAsianWelfaretoAfrica2Moon.

    • Reynardine

      Asians are at least smart enough not to give them welfare.

  • frederickdixon

    “Jonathan Weltman”. Does that sound like a black name? So even this has to be run for them by a white man, unless he’s Jewish of course.

    • IstvanIN

      He is from South Africa and has a Youtube channel.

  • Afronaut N’DeShitavious Washington Washington Washington Jackson to Mission Control:

    “All dem white racists done took everything here already.”

    • David Ashton

      Listen, man, Abbot and Costello went to Venus and found all de lovely white ho’s, so why waste time goin’ to de moon?

    • Rurik

      Just be glad we don’t get to see Michele’s moon. Closer to the size of Jupiter.

      • Reynardine

        “That’s no moon… that’s a space station!”

    • Reynardine

      Space… the final frontier… to boldly go where white people have gone before, to mess it up, then complain about racism.

      • benvad

        Lol!

      • Classic!

      • Alexandra1973

        On that note I have to wonder if black Vulcans (like Tuvok on Star Trek Voyager) are as smart as “white” Vulcans.

        Eh, it’s called science *fiction* for a reason….

        • Reynardine

          Smart or no, Tuvok is more violent than Spock. There’s an episode of Voyager where Tuvok creates a simulation on the holodeck so he can strangle Neelix (I can’t breathe reference here). I can’t help but thinking Spock would think such a display of raw emotion “unvulcan” and “illogical.”

          Then again, I’d strangle Neelix too.

    • Charles Martel

      But he’ll steal the flag the Apollo 11 astronauts left!

  • JustSayin

    Negros perpetually need “inspiration”, and the harder they try to inspire themselves, the harder we all get to laugh.

  • John Smith

    Yep, Sharpton was right…with their incredible track record in mathematics, science, technology, engineering, architecture, etc., them africans are gonna relive their glory days…yep, back in the good old days when they were cranking out one pyramid after another; complete with flying objects buzzing around them.

    If only Whitey hadn’t held them back, this would have occurred long ago.

    I have no doubt our dark skinned “equals” will have nothing but success…yep.

  • Luca

    Okay, do you guys remember the Youtube classic: The Old Negro Space Program?

    Maybe the “Negro-American Space Society of Astronauts” (NASSA). can help their African cousins.

    I posted the link but got moderated.

    • Kenner

      They’ll never get off the ground without MASSA.

      • benvad

        Ha ha

  • DD-762

    “During a 1997 visit to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, Jackson Lee, who was then serving on the House Science Committee and on the Subcommittee that oversees U.S. space policy, asked a guide whether the Mars Pathfinder would be able to show an image of “the flag the astronauts planted there before.” When it was subsequently pointed out that the flag to which she was referring was in fact the one that Neil Armstrong had planted on the Moon—not Mars—in 1969, Jackson Lee complained that she was being mocked by bigots. “You thought you could have fun with a black woman member of the Science Committee,” her then-chief-of-staff wrote angrily in a letter to the editor.”

    Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, U.S. House of Representatives

  • Katherine McChesney

    Surely this is a joke.

  • R L Buds

    Imagine if we had just left them there. They would see us a gods when we landed in our magical flying machines.

    Have they ever even produced anything? They need to start small, maybe they should try making a bicycle or something then work their way up.

    • MannyR

      House of cards, IKEA desk, Lego toy…etc. all great jumping off points

    • How about a wheel? After all, we don’t want to overload their heads too much.

      • R L Buds

        After I thought about it I realized that getting them to fix a bicycle tire would be a challenge. I used to be an auto mechanic and worked with a few of them, so i know the tire would keep them busy for the better part of a week.

  • Evette Coutier

    I can’t wait to see the rocket with it’s dope rims while it blasts away booming bass and rap.

    • kikz2

      da souuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuul rokit!

  • The Dude

    What do you call an African on the moon? A problem.

    What do you call two Africans on the moon? A bigger problem.

    What do you call all of the Africans on the moon? Problem solved.

    *purum pum push*

    Couldn’t resist.

    • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

      That would be a problem because the moon would turn black and then no light during the night.

      • Lord Sandwich

        Maybe it would capsize like an island.

        • bilderbuster

          Or fall to Earth.

      • I once suggested to Tom Chittum that deposits of powdered carbon could be blanketed onto the moon in a swastika pattern, just because it would annoy so many people.

        • bilderbuster

          Too bad you didn’t suggest it to Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun.
          He always liked finding solutions to difficult problems (and no, I’m not referring to “That” solution).

  • MannyR

    Maybe Amren and Mr Taylor could start a crowd source for Africa2Sun.

    • We could reassure them by promising to send them at night.

      • Reynardine

        I can’t breathe … because that was really funny.

  • The 1967 British comedy “Jules Verne’s Rocket to the Moon” was more realistic and probably cost less.

    • Michael Whalen

      Michael, I just checked out a few scenes of that movie on YouTube. That was definitely worth the time. Look for Gert Frobe, the real Goldfinger in some of the scenes. Thanks for the inspiration!

      • I loved the English actor Terry-Thomas (R.I.P.). In every role he played later on, he came off as likable, but somewhat cracked, and he was great at it.

    • bilderbuster

      Wasn’t there a silent movie too?

      • Michael Whalen

        A Trip to the Moon 1902 by Georges Melies. You can find it on You Tube.

        • bilderbuster

          I thought I had seen clips of it before.
          As primitive as the special FX were in that film it’s much more advanced and closer to reality than any African space program will ever be.

  • David Ashton

    We OWN space, coz it is mainly black, nome sane, man?

    • Reynardine

      Blacks have an instinctual draw towards space because it’s just like them: dark and vacuous.

    • benvad

      Can’t argue with that logic.

      • bilderbuster

        Using that logic then ghettos and African nations resemble Black Holes.

        • Reynardine

          Well, have you ever seen anything escape one? Even people moving at the speed of White Flight can’t escape some Black Holes.

          • bilderbuster

            It seems Black Holes can mutate.
            Ferguson was all White as recently as 1970.

        • Ludwig

          They suck up massive amounts of taxpayers money in the form of welfare and foreign aid.

    • Proletarian Contemplations

      Nikka, we gon fin sum big booty hoes in space, nomsayin homie?

  • Andy

    “Kids across Africa can pull out a telescope and see it”?

    Kids across Africa own their own telescopes?

    And anyway, you don’t *need* a telescope to see the moon.

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      They can’t afford flush toilets. Their homes have earthen floors. Roofs are often corrugated metal strips or thatch. The degree of filth is so severe that the entire continent is a breeding ground, perfect for epidemics including AIDS and Ebola. Yet all the kids have or will have telescopes. Color me dazzled with negro brilliance.

      • IstvanIN

        Flush their toilets? They can’t even dig a whole in the ground, just poop right on the beach.

        • bilderbuster

          They can’t produce shovels either.

      • kikz2

        doorknobs are an unknown concept.

  • Reynardine

    I think they heard that rumour that the moon is made out of cocaine.

  • LeonNJ

    Most of the funds will eventually come in from non-Afro countries…have the probe built in a non-Afro country…and blasted off in French Guiana, South America.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    I am sure whites are funding the project.

    • benvad

      Really….. You think?? (Little sarcasm to set the mood) Ha!

  • Sick of it

    “Jonathan Weltman”

    A traditional African name…

  • Irishgirl

    Has anyone notified Farraklhan? The mother ship is coming!

  • Michael Whalen

    I have to laugh at this. I saved a copy of the now defunct Washington Daily News from Monday, July 21, 1969, the day after the Moon landing (I was thirteen at the time). Of course the paper was packed with articles concerning the various aspects of the moon landing, but the one that tickled me the most was an article where they interviewed some of the hoodlums that inhabited the Washington DC penitentiary in Lorton, Virginia (in case you didn’t know, these dregs-on-society could offer some valuable insights on the subject of manned space flight). One of these dirt bags was openly hoping that Apollo 11 crew would crash and be killed. But the one that really made me urinate in my Fruit-of-the-Looms was an interview where this strange creature boasted that “we chased the white man out of Africa into Europe, then chased him across the Atlantic into America. I didn’t think there was any place else we could chase him, but, by God, we chased him to the Moon!” I still treasure that particular souvenir!

    • Who Me?

      The first moon landing June 1969 was 2 weeks before I turned 13. I still remember watching in awe.

  • Reynardine

    ‘Afro-pessimism’ describes my philosophy pretty well.

  • Diamond_Lil

    What could possibly go wrong? LOL.

    • Reynardine

      Correction, “what couldn’t possibly go wrong?”

  • Screamin_Ruffed_Grouse

    Aaand cue the Old Negro Space Program jokes in 3…2…1…

  • Screamin_Ruffed_Grouse

    I believe it is high time Africans went into space.

    That is all.

  • WR_the_realist

    If any real project comes from this what do you want to bet that 75% of the engineers and scientists who work on it are whites, Asian Indians, and Chinese who happen to live in Africa?

    • bilderbuster

      With 25% African involvement failure is assured.

  • kikz2

    tolja….. 🙂

  • This could be a whole new fun way for people like Bill Gates to squander billions, but how about starting out small, like maybe just one Sub-Saharan modern medical center, airport, university, etc, that operates successfully without White or Asian help.

  • PvtCharlieSlate

    “… until we are 100% reliant on the rest of the world.”

    They are already, except for mud, feathers and elephant dung.

  • Robert Smith

    Can they invent the wheels to get it to the launchpad ? I envision a Johnny on the Spot with some extra big Chinese bottle rockets duct taped to the sides. And heck, even iffn it don’t fly they still has the fly uniforms.

  • DNA Explains It All

    I wish I could say I had enough confidence in an African space program to say they would blow themselves to hell, but I don’t. I am thinking being near their launch pad would be completely safe, other than you would be in the company of dangerous irrational Africans.

    • They’d kill each other in the command module over who made the best “Tang”, or jenkum, or whatever.

      • DNA Explains It All

        You do mean in the “mock up” of the HNIC Module right? Like on the ground made of dung?

      • John Smith

        “Purple Drank” will be standard fare for future missions.

      • Robert Smith

        Or, who got to push the buttons.

      • DNA Explains It All

        You mean in the mockup of the “HNIC module”? On the ground and made of dung, this the module we are talking about?

  • Bill Moore

    Hello,

    I couldn’t read more than the first few paragraphs of this article because I couldn’t stop laughing.

    I worked for NASA in the 1960s. We were all Caucasians. We all worked together very well.

    Decades later, due to Affirmative Action, Africans were hired, and today, NASA is basically dead.

    For a bunch of mentally deficient Africans who never invented the wheel, as I said, I couldn’t stop laughing at the thought that they are initiating a space program.

    Just My Thoughts,
    Bill Moore

    • See The Future

      The chief of NASA is black. Charles Bolden. Former astronaut.

  • benvad

    They’ll probably destroy that too.

  • benvad

    Still needs a Caucasoid to think of doing this or even coming up with the idea.

  • John Smith

    More Africans on the moon can only be a good thing.

  • Uncle Wardle

    Wonderful! Reminds me of Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles: Way Up in the Middle of the Air…

    They really do need their own place away and separate from us, where they can develop their own world to suit their own needs in their own way — government, education, law enforcement, technology, medicine, military, weapons — and just show us how smart they really are and how much better they can do without us.

  • Nancy

    I think this is a fantastic idea and will be happy to donate to their fund!

    (Wait…they ARE planning on staying there, right?)

  • Earl Turner

    Oh God my sides!

  • Who Me?

    Hey, I’m all for this and I wish them the greatest of luck on the project, in fact I hope they are able to successfully launch huge busloads of blacks into space. (You’ll notice I didn’t mention anything about them coming back…)

  • Anon Emus

    They should work on having indoor plumbing first before they tackle space travel.

  • DLRisVH

    Where’s the punchline?

  • DLRisVH

    This a “coffee mist” article, because it you are drinking coffee while reading it, you will most certainly spray a mist of coffee from your mouth.

  • Keep Honkin, I’m Reloading

    In space, no one can hear you hate whitey…

  • Rick

    The African “BRAIN DRAIN”—-LOL!!!!!!!!!! What an oxymoron, ahahahaahahaahaha!!!!!

    • Nancy

      Did anyone happen to catch the new show “Child Genius” last night? I tuned in just to see how they were going to achieve ‘diversity’ with their Top 20 Smartest Kids.

      Sure enough, that’s what they tried to do: It was a bunch of Asian, Indian, and White kids, with a ‘former’ (black) NASA astronaut as the moderator. There were a whopping TWO black kids (possibly a third, but she looked so pale, she was almost albino), and both of them were “out” by the end of the first round.

      You should’ve seen them in action: They’d get a few basic answers correct, then they’d start repeating, “Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass.” to every other question until their turn was over. They didn’t even try, in many cases, interrupting the moderator with “Pass” before he finished asking the question.

      The producers of the show attempted to make it look like white kids were saying “pass” a lot, too, but the numbers didn’t lie…they were two of the lowest-scoring kids in the group.

  • Dick Hatewell

    MILLION MAN MARCH TO THE MOON! …..go!

  • Jack Whistler

    A program to have Africans put other Africans on the Moon…

    LOL.

    Oh wait, they’re serious…let me laugh even harder.

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

  • ElComadreja

    Why don’t they go to the Sun? They could go at night when it’s cool.

  • Albert

    Reminds me of a Jim Henson Muppets sketch. “PIGS IN SPACE”!

  • dd121

    This is so funny. Ken Burns’ documentary’s are all about how evil whites have oppressed the poor blacks and then they overcame. I can’t stand to watch his propaganda. This clip perfectly satirizes that.

    • John

      It’s hysterical. However, if I could do it over again, I’d have simply described how to find the video rather than linking directly to it. As I did it above, it took 2 full days to get past the mods. Amren really needs to publish their guidelines for posting. They’re arbitrary and capricious right now with no clear policy on what gets through and what doesn’t. The closest they come is the disclaimer at the top of every page’s comments section stating they “encourage polite debate”. The definition of “polite” can vary from day to day, mod to mod.

  • dd121

    The quickest way to get a post deleted is to use “jew” in a derogatory way. Other than that I’ve had many posts deleted for what seem to be random reasons. If you figure it out please let me know.