Mark Shuttleworth becomes the first African to enter space

Start DateTuesday, January 1, 2002

Mark Shuttleworth becomes the first African and the second civilian to enter space and visit the International Space Station. Per Wimmer joins Mark in Star City for a session of centrifuge and Zero-G as well as L-39 fighter jet training, just prior to Mark’s launch. One Zero-G training session is completed together with NASA astronaut Guy Gardner (STS-27 Atlantis, Dec. 2-6, 1988 and STS-35 Columbia, Dec. 2-11 1990; see photo below). A team from the Discovery Channel is following Per Wimmer and his training in Russia for a documentary.