South Africa is mourning the death of Mandla Maseko, the man who had his eyes set on becoming the first black African to go into space.

The 30-year-old died in a motorcycle crash in Pretoria over the weekend, according to a family statement reported by local media.

Maseko became an inspiration to many South Africans when he won an international competition to get a training place at the Axe Apollo Space Academy – and a possible space flight.

From more than one million entrants, he was selecte…

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