SA heartbroken over death of aspiring astronaut: "The good die young"

SA heartbroken over death of aspiring astronaut: "The good die young"

Mzansi has taken to social media to mourn the death of aspiring astronaut Mandla Maseko - who aimed to become the first black African to go into space.

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In 2013, Mandla Maseko became one of 23 people to win a spot at the Axe Apollo Space Academy in the US, beating millions of entrants for the position.

The 30-year-old was set to achieve big things when his life was tragically cut short this past weekend. learned the aspiring astronaut, who was known as 'Spaceboy’ and 'Afronaut,' died following a fatal bike accident.

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Tributes flooded social media under the hashtag #RIPMandlaMaseko following his death.

Thokozani Nkosi, who goes by the Twitter handle‏ @ThokozaniNkosi, commented: '"#RIPMandlaMaseko Afronaut extraordinaire. What a tragic loss of a promising SA personality who’d already soared so high and had been on track to reach much higher levels of influence in the world of science and astronomy. Condolences to the Maseko family. Akwehlanga Lungehlanga."
Castro Ngobese, @castrongobese, added: "#RIPMandlaMaseko the good die young, wherever you are in the nooks and crannies of the universe, you will always be missed, a life well lived, be a good ancestor to your family and nation at large!!"

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