To boldly go

Updated 6:19 AM ET, Wed April 6, 2016
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The Nigerian government has announced plans to launch an astronaut into space by 2030, as part of an ambitious space program. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Nigeria has already launched five satellites into space. The first - NigeriaSat-1 - was launched on a Kosmos-3M rocket from Russia's Plesetsk spaceport in 2003. SSTL
Nigeria has also utilized the Chinese 'Long March 3-B' rocket (pictured), and three of its satellites remain in operation.
For several years, the Nigerian Space Agency has collaborated with the British company Surrey Space Technology Limited (SSTL) to develop the program and train engineers. SSTL
Images of New Orleans after Hurrican Katrina in 2005, taken from NigComSat-1. NigeriaSat-1
NigeriaSat-X, launched in 2011, was the first to be designed and constructed by Nigerian engineers, and is now part of the Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC), set up for the Algerian, Nigerian, Turkish, British and Chinese governments to provide emergency images in the event of a disaster. SSTL
The Nigerian space agency claims to have trained 300 staff to PhD or BsC level, and has ambitious plans to expand the industry, and encourage space programs across the continent. SSTL
Space is becoming a priority for several countries across Africa. Ethiopia has increased its commitment to sites such as the Entoto Observatory and Research Center, on the outskirts of Addis Ababa. ZACHARIAS ABUBEKER/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
South Africa's Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope is one of the world's most ambitious projects to study the universe. Courtesy of SPDO/Swinburne Astronomy Productions
Ghana has established a new space center as part of the country's embrace of advanced technology industries. GSSTC
Egypt has one of the continent's oldest space programs, having launched several satellites aboard Russian rockets. AFP/AFP/AFP/Getty Images