Nigeria Launches Satellite … What?


I was nonplussed when I read recently that Nigeria was planning on launching a satellite. Two things occurred to me.

One, isn’t the space around the planet getting pretty crowded by now? There is a quadrillion pieces (I advise you to verify this number: I may have guessed at the quantity) of space junk left over from previous visits, and already a zillion (and this one too) satellites circling. Pretty soon they will be knocking into each other, potentially disrupting our viewing of what the Kardashian’s are doing.

And two, I thought Nigeria was a poor country. I know the United States gives then foreign aid of about 350 million dollars a year. Have those Nigerian Prince internet scams made so much money that they can afford to have their own satellite?

I am confused.