The Afronauts by Cristina de Middel

In 1964  a Zambian science teacher named Edwuard Makuka  decided to train the first African crew to travel to the moon. His plan was to use an alluminium rocket to put a woman, two cats and a missionary into Space. First the moon, then Mars, using a catapult system. He founded the Zambia National Academy of Science, Space Research and Astronomical Research to start training his Afronauts in his headquarters located only 20 miles from Lusaka.

This self published book was finalist of Paris Photo Aperture First book award in 2012, was finalist of the Deutsche Börse award and obtained the Infinity award from the ICP in NYC in the same year.

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The Afronauts by Cristina de Middel

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  • Pages: 88
    Edition of 1000 copies.
    Place: Madrid
    Year: 2012
    Publisher: Self published
    Size: 17 x 23 cm

    Designed and edited together with Laia Abril and Ramon Pez.