Pakistan’s first female astronaut Namira Salim to embark on space voyage

In a historic development, Pakistan’s first female astronaut Namira Salim is set to embark on a journey to space, Khaleej Times reported. 

Based in Dubai, Namira — who had hoisted Pakistan’s flag at the North Pole in 2007 — will begin her celestial expedition on October 5. 

Space tourism company, Virgin Galactic Holdings, has announced that their Galactic 04 flight window will commence its trip next month. 

Namira has already clinched the position of Astronaut No 6 after Founder Astronaut of Virgin Galactic Richard Branson designated her a seat. Her first voyage to space will be facilitated by Astronaut 019.

The Government of Pakistan officially recognised Namira as the first astronaut in the country in 2006. She also served as honorary ambassador of tourism for Pakistan in 2007.

Namira also became the first Pakistani to reach the North Pole in April 2007 and the South Pole in January 2008. 

Not only that, Namira also holds the distinction of being the first Asian and first Pakistani to skydive over Mount Everest in 2008. She was conferred with ‘Tamgha-e-Imtiaz’ (Medal of Excellence) in 2011.

Caretaker Minister for Information and Broadcasting Murtaza Solangi said that Namira Salim’s upcoming journey to space was a sign of Pakistan’s growing presence in space exploration and a major achievement for the nation.

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