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Afghanistan's first spaceman returns home

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 02:58 PM

Afghanistan's first spaceman returns home


www.bbc.co.uk said:

In 1988, just as the Soviet army was preparing to pull out of Afghanistan, a rocket blasted off carrying the first and only Afghan to travel into space. Abdulahad Momand returned to earth a hero - but within three years he was forced to flee the country.

"When I was little I used to look up at the sky. Sometimes planes would appear overhead and I would think how great it would be if I could fly," says Momand.

He is remembering a childhood in Afghanistan half a century ago.

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