Ethiopia Joins The Space Race – Launches First Satellite

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As more sub-Saharan African nations are trying to develop space programs to support their growth agendas and foster scientific innovation, Ethiopia propelled its first satellite in space.

Senior officials and citizens gathered to watch the live broadcasting from the space station in China at the Entoto Observatory and Research Center just north of Addis Abeba, capital.

The satellite was structured by Chinese and Ethiopian architects and the Chinese government paid about $6 million of the more than $7 million assembling costs. The satellite will be utilized for weather forecast and crop monitoring, authorities said.