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Hominin Space Flight




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In the interest of promoting science and bringing global recognition for our science of human origins research in South Africa in particular. I am proposing that Tim Nash, a Virgin Galactic Astronaut selected for the third commercial and second civilian flight into space carry two fossils into space, one of Australopithecus sediba from the Malapa site, which is on his property, and one of Homo naledi from the Rising Star site. This would make these fossils the first extinct humans into space and act as a sign of respect by humanity to our African ancestors who gave us the technology, skills and mind that allows this perhaps greatest expression of human technological achievement – the exploration of space. The carrying of a Homo naledi fossil into space will be particularly poignant given the major discoveries recently announced. Major media partners will assist in using this once in a lifetime opportunity to bring awareness to science, exploration, human origins and South Africa and its role in understanding Humankind’s shared African ancestry.


The fossil selected are well studied and well documented both having been micro-CT scanned and surface scanned at the highest resolutions possible. They have both been published many times and are extensively studied with casts distributed around the world. I am proposing the clavicle of sediba UW88-1, the first specimen of the species discovered by my son Matthew in 2008, and for naledi, a single finger bone, the right 1st Metacarpal UW 101-1321, representing a hand we know contributed to our knowledge of fire, symbols and burial. We have the permission and enthusiastic support of the Vice Chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand Prof Zeblon Vilakazi, Sir Richard Branson, Head of Virgin Galactic and Dr Ian Miller, Chief Scientific Officer at the National Geographic Society. Some scientific studies may also be conducted including the degree of radiation the fossils may take up while in space though these experiments are still being designed and are not the primary purpose of this endeavor as mentioned above. The fossils will be delivered by hand to the Spaceport by Prof Lee Berger and handed to Mr Nash shortly before he boards the flight to space. The fossils will spend approximately 2-3 hours in flight and 4 – 5 minutes in space. Plane carrier: WhiteKnight Two. Airplane: SpaceShipTwo VSS UNITY. Temporary export is necessary as South Africa presently does not have a space program.


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U.W. 88-1
U.W. 101-1321

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