Namira Salim, Pakistan’s first female astronaut, will travel to space, according to a story in the Khaleej Times.
Namira, who is based in Dubai and previously raised the Pakistani flag near the North Pole in 2007, will set out on her heavenly journey on October 5.
Virgin Galactic Holdings, a space tourism business, has announced that the Galactic 04 flight window will depart next month.
After Richard Branson, the founder astronaut of Virgin Galactic, assigned Namira a seat, she has already secured the role of Astronaut No. 6. Astronaut 019 will enable her maiden trip into orbit.
In 2006, Namira received formal recognition from the Pakistani government as the nation’s first astronaut. In 2007, she also represented Pakistan as an honorary tourist ambassador.
In April 2007 and January 2008, respectively, Namira made history by being the first Pakistani to reach the North and South Poles.
In addition, Namira made history in 2008 by being the first Asian and the first Pakistani to jump over Mount Everest. ‘Tamgha-e-Imtiaz‘ (Medal of Excellence) was given to her in 2011.
Namira Salim’s planned trip to space, according to interim minister for information and broadcasting Murtaza Solangi, would mark Pakistan’s increased involvement in space exploration and a significant victory for the country.
She gave the acting minister a briefing on her space mission preparations and expressed her will to hoist the Pakistani flag in space.
In the name of the Pakistani government, caretaker prime minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, and the people, Solangi congratulated Namira Saleem on beginning her space mission and sent her best wishes for success.
Solangi described Namira Saleem as a role model for all women and asserted that the younger generation can improve Pakistan’s reputation throughout the world in a variety of disciplines.
“This effort of Namira Saleem will highlight the positive image of Pakistan as a peace-loving and progressive country,” he insisted.