Of Coffee With Artemis: Liftoff, Flyby And KickOff

If you were having coffee with me, I would be very glad to have you join my tangle of words, and ask you to feel at home… I would offer you some ice cold refreshments but… the fridge is still dead and the new fridge technician I consulted recommends that the only way to fix a chest freezer that is no longer cold is to recoil the evaporator…. Sounds extensive, why not just buy a new fridge me thinks 🤔

recoiling a freezer

The Artemis 1 finally launched on the 15th of November 2022. It has been quite an ordeal getting that space craft to the moon with launch attempts scrubbed multiple times. Somewhere out in space is a shuttle that has a hard drive with my name on it. 🚀

Artemis I virtual Guest Passport stamp

We rise together, back to the moon and beyond

On its 6th day after launch, Orion completed its closest fly-by of the Moon, 81 miles (130.357km) above the lunar surface, traveling 5,102 mph (8210.873Km/h) At the time of the lunar flyby, Orion was more than 230,000 miles (370149.12km) from Earth.

The NASA Orion spacecraft captured this image of the Moon during its sixth day of flight, as it approached its first outbound powered flyby of the Artemis I mission and its closest lunar approach.
The Moon From Orion

As Orion made its closest lunar approach on 21 November, 53 years ago on this day the Apollo 12 astronauts were in lunar orbit preparing to head back home. The successful launch of Artemis I brings us a step closer to an Artemis crew that may land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon.

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that the deployment of the 1U cubesats aboard the Japanese Module of the ISS which include Zimbabwe and Uganda’s first satellites ZimSat-1 and PearlAfrica-Sat-1 respectively, which had been set for 21 November has been postponed to the 2nd of December 2022. Deployment is subject to the astronauts’ schedule at the International Space Station.

Deployment Event Schedule ZImSAT-1 PearlAFricaSat-1

In interesting news, Botswana is set to launch its own Cube Satellite the  Bot-Sat-1 in 2021. Although, no dates have been set yet, Scientists manning the Botswana satellite project hosted by the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) are confident that the country will launch its first satellite into space next year.

Botwana to launch Bot-Sat-1 in 2023

Botswana would be joining the list of African countries with satellites in the sky and to date 54 satellites have been launched by African countries, since South Africa launched the first one the Sun-Sat-1 in 1999.


If you were having coffee with me I would tell you the soccer fever is on following the World Cup Kick off on Sunday. I totally missed the opening ceremony because of electricity outages, that’s my story, but to be honest, I doubt I would have actually watched it had we had ZESA. I might be immune to the soccer bug, but not so much to the fear of missing out. 🤡

Over the weekend Rick Ross jetted into the country to perform at a sold out concert at the Harare International Conference Centre. While I couldn’t afford the event, seeing how the show sold out VIP tickets two days before the event might be an indicator of how people are at different lanes in life. I will just stay in my lane and drink coffee.

Rick Ross Zimbabwe tickets

Word on the streets is that the Rap giant was paid a cool $175 000 for a 50 minute set. If those figures are to be believed, that means that he was making $3 500 per minute on stage 🤯. Rumour also has it that local artistes got paid a fraction of that, pointing to the exploitative nature of the creative industry which does not recognize and appreciate local the way it does international artistes.

Rick Ross wearing Zimbabwe’s Flag Scarf also caused a bit of a stir with some feeling like the rapper was simply brought in to distract the people from the real issues we should be mad at but instead here we are. For example its been five years since we had the coup that was not a coup and the 2017 November 18 March that led to the retirement of the late Robert Mugabe.

Rick Ross wearing ZImbabwe Flag Scarf

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that the rumours of Twitter’s death have been greatly exaggerated. It does not seem to be going anywhere, at least not any time soon. Elon Musk seems to be living his best life with all the drama he is causing. Well good for him I suppose.

Whats been going on in your neck of the woods?


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  1. This whole twitter thing is just making me roll my eyes. A bunch of self-entitled whiners suddenly have to obey the rules like everybody else and “oh noes”, it’s the end of democracy ….

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    1. I find it a very interesting social experiment and a reflection of the inflated sense of self-entitlement some people have and also a shocking revelation of how toxic we can be at our core while presenting a veneer of respectability *end Rant*

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  2. Watch out cause the environmentalists might come after you – you just aided in space pollution with your name/hard drive.
    RE: Twitter – yes, it’s hilarious how people say it’s dead yet I see no such thing happening.
    The World Cup – is definitely weird to be watching it this time of year. Due to the time difference and work, I only watch a match a day. Some of them have been intense!


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