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By Allen Herbert: In the movie, "Black Panther", Wakanda is a fictional African country of the future that is the most technologically advanced in the world.

Космонавт Сергей Рязанский: Brukkaros Mountain is an extinct volcano in ǁKaras Region, Namibia.

Lake Tana, Ethiopia As Seen From Orbit

Thomas Pesquet: Ethiopian landscapes are just as colourful! Here is the largest lake of the country, Lake Tana

Algerian Desert Close-up From Orbit

Thomas Pesquet: A closer look at the sand dunes. I wouldn't like to be lost in such a repetitive landscape...

A large dust cloud hangs over the Atlantic along the northwestern coast of Africa in this color-enhanced image captured by the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite's Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument on December 27, 2016.

In December 2016, snow fell in the Sahara for the first time since 1979.

ESA is now working with satellite operator Avanti Communications to bring a swathe of new affordable Internet services to more people across sub-Saharan Africa through the Hylas-4 telecom satellite, due for launch next year.

One of the biggest challenges in providing relief to people living in poverty is locating them. The availability of accurate and reliable information on the location of impoverished zones is surprisingly lacking for much of the world, particularly on the African continent.

Satcoms in rural primary schools in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa looks set to expand following the success of a pilot project.

Gabon, a Central African country slightly smaller than the state of Colorado, is home to one of the most pristine rainforests on the planet.

The dormant volcano known as Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest mountain, at 5895 m. It is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising about 4900 m above its surrounding plain.

Space Aids Ebola Patients

New antiviral drugs to treat Ebola patients in West Africa have been tested with the help of a transportable diagnostics laboratory developed with ESA's support.

Hundreds of millions of tons of sand and dust particles are lifted from North African deserts each year and carried across the Atlantic Ocean. So much dust is kicked up that the microscopic particles amass into sweeping tan plumes that are visible to satellites.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite detected hundreds of fires burning in various countries in western Africa on December 04, 2014.

The Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) programme has released it first Continental Environmental Bulletin in english. The bulletin includes reports on the recent rainfall, vegetation, and marine primary production conditions in Africa, illustrated by colour-coded maps.

Earth from Space: Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya, the second-highest mountain in Africa, is pictured in this image from Japan's ALOS satellite from 25 February 2011.

Yesterday, one of the brightest stars ever to shine upon planet Earth departed our galaxy with the passing of former South African President, Nelson Mandela. 

The Tip of Africa

‏@AstroKarenN: The Tip of Africa Larger image

Herding Animals From Space

Satellites see defined lines of nomadic pastoralism in one of the world's poorest countries.
Landlocked in western Africa, Niger is one of the world's poorest nations. With less than 4% of the country's land arable and prone to drought, food security is a major concern for the population of over 17 million.

Nigeria Reaches for the Stars

Nigeria's space program is reputed to be one of Africa's largest, with three satellites in orbit and an ambitious plan to send the first African astronaut into space by 2015. Critics say space dreams are a waste of money in a country wracked by poverty, insecurity and environmental disasters. But space officials say even if the program is in its beginning stages, it is already helping to address some of these problems.

Space, the final frontier, and one that African nations have largely left unexplored. But with the emergence of space agencies around the continent, some intrepid space-gazers are studying ways to boldly go where few Africans have gone before.