the first african in space
the crew

News: Live chat with Mbeki
posted on April 27, 2002
fais project

Mark Shuttleworth spoke to South African President Thabo Mbeki, who was celebrating Freedom Day on Saturday in Bloemfontein, via a live satellite link-up from the International Space Station early on Saturday.

The 10-minute conversation started with Mbeki saying to Mark: “Yes, ambassador, how are you?” He went on to praise the First African in Space for his contributions to science and the African Renaissance.

Mark told the president that the mission so far was exciting, adding that the flight had gone off without a hitch and that everything was going according to plan. He even had good words for the food in space, showing Mbeki an empty tin of what he had eaten for lunch – pork and potato.

"I have had moments of terror and moments of sheer exhilaration," said Mark. "I have never seen anything as beautiful as Earth from space. I cannot imagine anything as beautiful as that."

Mark commented on the beautiful sunset and sunrise he had seen over Africa. Mbeki asked him to bring pictures “so that we can know what we look like to you from up there”.

Mbeki further commended Mark for his efforts, saying they will help inspire South Africa’s youth to pursue studies in engineering, mathematics and science. He ended off by toasting Mark with a glass of bubbly, saying: “I am sure this will go down in our history as one of those moments when we made quite a leap forward.”

Landing Countdown to 05:51 05 May

Landing Complete!

The Team
Mark Shuttleworth
Dale Cupido
Karen Sharwood
Lara Keytel
Danie Barry
Freddy Khan
Vaughan Oosthuizen
Ravi Naidoo
Vuyo Dwane
Richard Mills
Nicolette Cronje
Wayne Derman
Peter Ribton
latest news
August 29, 2002:News: Hip2B2 Roadshow
July 02, 2002:News: Roadshow entries closed
June 09, 2002:Logs: Ticker-tape parade today
June 04, 2002:News: Eye on science
June 03, 2002:News: Mark and Mbeki get moving
June 03, 2002:News: Back to Earth with a bump
June 02, 2002:Logs: The Afronaut has landed
May 27, 2002:News: Passed away
see also
older news
Hot Links
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact Us
Gallery Highlights

Church of Jesus Christ

Zero-G Heart Rate Data

Next-generation Soyuz TMA Cockpit

Mig-25 Afterburners