16year old Thomas Machingaidze becomes Zimbabwe’s First Astronaut student to be enrolled for a degree programme at the International Institute of Astronautical Sciences in the United States.

In an interview with ZBC news Machingaidze said he is excited to be the 1st Zimbabwean and only black person to venture into the field of white-dominated great minds.

“My journey began at Advanced Space Academy at the US Space and Rocket Centre. Forging connections with seasoned astronauts along the out team triumphed in Mars Landing simulation and achievement symbolised Commanders Cup, as a first Zimbabwean black and only black person to venture this field of white-dominated great minds,” he said.

He added, “I delved into immersive experiences from donning real-life spacesuits to soaring through the skies in high G/zero- G flights and piloting an X300 plane every endeavor deepened my reverence for the cosmos.”