Space finalists selected

2013-08-21 00:00

THE Axe Apollo mission to send the first South African tourist into space is well under way.

Three finalists (all from Johannesburg) — DJ Mandla Maseko (24), businessman Haroon Osman (38) and flight simulation engineer Dean Roddan (41) — were selected last week for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The three will now travel to Orlando, Florida, where they will train and compete at the Axe Apollo Global Space Camp for the one seat allocated to a South African. The three were selected from the 28 semi-finalists from around South Africa at the SA space camp in Parys last weekend.

Axe commandeered an airfield where participants competed in a series of tests, which had them fighting the forces of gravity, as they attached flags to a pole in the “Vomit Comet”, a G-force rotor, and then skydived, dropping sandbags on a target from 300 metres.

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