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Aspiring astronaut who won trip into space dies in motorbike crash

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(FILES) In this file picture taken on January 9, 2014, Mandla Maseko speaks to a journalist in front of two NASA spacesuits in Mabopane, north of Pretoria. - A South African Mandla Maseko, a part-time DJ, who won the chance to be the first black African in space has died in a motorbike crash before turning his dream into reality, his family announced on July 7, 2019. The 30-year-old had beaten a million other entrants from 75 countries to be selected as one of 23 people who would travel on an hour-long sub-orbital trip on the Lynx Mark II spaceship. (Photo by ALEXANDER JOE / AFP)ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images

Mandla Maseko, 30, who hoped to be the first black African in space has been killed in a motorbike accident (Picture: AFP/Getty)

A DJ who was set to become the first black African in space has died in a motorbike accident before his dream became reality.

Mandla Maseko, 30, was dubbed the Afronaut after beating more than one million people to win one of 23 places at a space academy in the United States in 2013.

The South African was due to travel 64 miles into space on an hour-long sub-orbital flight as part of the programme in 2015, but the mission was postponed.

His family confirmed he died on Saturday when the motorbike he was riding collided with a car.

Mandla, a part-time DJ and candidate officer with the South African air force, was born to a school cleaner and auto tool maker in Soshanguve township near Pretoria.

In this picture taken Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, Mandla Maseko, wearing a bright orange Apollo Space Academy jumpsuit walks on the dusty street nearby his family home at Soshanguve in Pretoria, South Africa. With a dream and determination, Mandla Maseko is set to fulfill his ambition to become the first black African to travel into space. Maseko has been selected to be one of the 23 civilians to be on a suborbital flight 62 miles (100 kilometers) above the earth in a commercial space plane. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Mandla was dubbed the Afronaut after beating more than one million people to win a place at a space academy (Picture: AP)

In this picture taken Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, Mandla Maseko, wearing a bright orange Apollo Space Academy jumpsuit stands outside a house in Soshanguve, Pretoria, South Africa. With a dream and determination, Mandla Maseko is set to fulfill his ambition to become the </br><a href=https://metro.co.uk/2019/07/08/aspiring-astronaut-who-won-trip-into-space-dies-in-motorbike-crash-10130193/><strong>Read More – Source</strong></a></p> <div id=

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