In 1964, Zambia had just gained independence from the United Kingdom. What better way to celebrate than to start a space program itself? (True story.) The (unofficial) Director-General of the Zambia National Academy of Space Research guaranteed the country could put the first Africans on the moon, and on a rapid timeline, to boot. Unfortunately, a financial aid request (to the tune of $700 million from the United Nations) er, fell short, and one of the astronauts, a 17-year-old girl, became pregnant and had to return to her village. The Zambian government distanced itself from the project, as his request and methods weren’t taken seriously. In Afronauts, De Middel revisits this un-photographed course of events as she imagines it to have looked.