Pakistan will send first person to space by year 2022
Pakistan to send the first astronaut to space in 2022, said Fawad Chaudhary.
Pakistan’s first space mission has been planned for 2022 and the Federal Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan previously approved the plan.
An agreement between Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and a Chinese company has already been signed for the space mission.
Making efforts to advance Pakistan’s standings on space, Fawad Chaudhary, Minister for Science and Technology, has announced that they will be selecting the first Pakistani to go in 2022 next year.
In the groundbreaking new announcement made on Thursday, Fawad stated that the selection process to send the first-ever Pakistani astronaut will start next year in the month of February.
In a tweet, the minister revealed that 50 people will be shortlisted from the applicants, and later the number will be cut down to 25. He also added that by the year 2022, they will be sending their first-ever Pakistani citizen to space. This will mark as the event ever occurred for the country regarding the subject.
”Proud to announce that selection process for the first Pakistani to be sent to Space shall begin from Feb 2020,fifty people will be shortlisted — list will then come down to 25 and in 2022 we will send our first person to space, this will be the biggest space event of our history,” the minister wrote.
The tweet sparked the interest of many, including the renowned actor-cum-pilot Fakhr-e-Alam. He replied to the tweet asking about further details on how to participate.
I would like to apply for space travel. How and where can I find the details?
— Fakhr-e-Alam (@falamb3) July 25, 2019
Wow sounds great. And tempting. Me wants to apply ?
— Marvi Sirmed (@marvisirmed) July 25, 2019
Up till now, two satellites have been launched into orbit with the help of Chinese launch vehicle by Pakistan. One of the satellites, which were launched from China, is dual-purpose, meaning it is an Earth observational and optical satellite, while the other one is intended to improve the satellite manufacture capabilities in the country.
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