Ethiopia joins space age.

 
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Ethiopia has joined a growing list of African nations with a space programme after launching its first satellite. Senior officials and citizens gathered at the Entoto Observatory and Research Centre just north of the capital Addis Ababa to witness the launch (r).

"This will be a foundation for our historic journey to prosperity," Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Meiconnen said in a speech at the launch.

The satellite was designed by Chinese and Ethiopian engineers with the Chinese government shouldering more than $6m of the $7m manufacturing costs, according to Solomon Belay, Director General of the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute.

"Space is food, space is job creation, a...

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