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Pakistan’s First Female Astronaut ‘Namira Salim’ Set To Embark On Historic Space Journey

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(CTN NEWS) – A groundbreaking moment is on the horizon as Namira Salim, Pakistan’s trailblazing female astronaut, prepares to venture into space, as reported by the Khaleej Times.

Stationed in Dubai, Namira, renowned for her achievement of planting Pakistan’s flag at the North Pole in 2007, is poised to commence her extraordinary journey among the stars on October 5th.

Virgin Galactic Holdings, a prominent player in the realm of space tourism, has declared that the Galactic 04 flight window is scheduled to initiate its mission in the coming month.

Namira Salim: Pioneering Pakistan’s Astronaut No. 6 and Trailblazing Explorer

Namira has already secured the title of Astronaut No. 6, courtesy of Richard Branson, the Founder Astronaut of Virgin Galactic, who reserved a seat for her. Her inaugural space voyage will be facilitated under the guidance of Astronaut 019.

Back in 2006, the Government of Pakistan officially acknowledged Namira as the nation’s inaugural astronaut. Her dedication to her homeland was further underscored when she assumed the role of honorary tourism ambassador for Pakistan in 2007.

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Namira’s list of extraordinary accomplishments extends even further. In April 2007, she made history by becoming the first Pakistani to set foot on the North Pole, and in January 2008, she achieved the same distinction at the South Pole.

Adding to her remarkable achievements, Namira also holds the esteemed distinction of being the first Asian and the first Pakistani to engage in a daring skydiving expedition over Mount Everest in 2008.

Her remarkable contributions to adventure and exploration were duly recognized when she was awarded the ‘Tamgha-e-Imtiaz’ (Medal of Excellence) in 2011.

Pakistan’s Burgeoning Presence in Space Exploration: Namira Salim’s Historic Milestone

Caretaker Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Murtaza Solangi, highlighted that Namira Salim‘s imminent foray into space serves as a testament to Pakistan’s burgeoning presence in space exploration and represents a significant milestone for the nation.

She provided the caretaker minister with an update on her space mission preparations, emphasizing her unwavering commitment to proudly raise the Pakistani flag in space.

In response, Solangi extended heartfelt congratulations to Namira Saleem on behalf of the Government of Pakistan, caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, and the entire populace, conveying sincere wishes for her success.

Characterizing Namira Saleem as a beacon of inspiration for women everywhere, Solangi remarked that the younger generation possesses the potential to elevate Pakistan’s reputation on the global stage across various spheres of life.

He further noted, “Namira Saleem’s endeavor will serve as a beacon, shining a positive light on Pakistan as a peace-loving and forward-thinking nation.”

The Diverse Astronaut Trio of Galactic 04: Uniting for Cosmic Exploration

The Cosmos mission, also known as Galactic 04, comprises a trio of private astronauts, each bringing unique backgrounds and cultural perspectives to this remarkable journey. What unites them is their shared passion for space, exploration, and adventure.

Among these astronauts, Astronaut 017 originates from the United States, Astronaut 018 hails from the United Kingdom, and Astronaut 019 proudly represents Pakistan in this historic mission.

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Namira Salim’s Historic Space Journey: Key Points

It’s indeed an exciting development in the field of space exploration with Namira Salim, Pakistan’s trailblazing female astronaut, preparing to venture into space. Here’s a summary of the key points:

  1. Namira Salim’s Journey: Namira Salim, renowned for planting Pakistan’s flag at the North Pole in 2007, is set to embark on her space journey on October 5th. She has been designated as Astronaut No. 6 by Virgin Galactic, and her space voyage will be guided by Astronaut 019.
  2. Government Recognition: The Government of Pakistan officially recognized Namira Salim as the nation’s inaugural astronaut in 2006. She also served as an honorary tourism ambassador for Pakistan in 2007.
  3. Historic Achievements: Namira Salim has achieved remarkable milestones in exploration, including being the first Pakistani to set foot on both the North Pole (April 2007) and the South Pole (January 2008). She also completed a daring skydiving expedition over Mount Everest in 2008, becoming the first Asian and first Pakistani to do so. Her contributions were recognized with the ‘Tamgha-e-Imtiaz’ (Medal of Excellence) in 2011.
  4. Pakistan’s Presence in Space Exploration: Namira Salim’s upcoming space journey is seen as a significant milestone for Pakistan’s presence in space exploration. The Caretaker Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Murtaza Solangi, extended congratulations and best wishes on behalf of the government and the people of Pakistan, emphasizing Namira’s role as an inspiration for women and the younger generation.
  5. Galactic 04 Mission: Namira Salim will be part of the Galactic 04 mission, which features a diverse trio of private astronauts. Astronaut 017 is from the United States, Astronaut 018 is from the United Kingdom, and Namira Salim (Astronaut 019) represents Pakistan in this historic cosmic exploration mission.

This moment is indeed groundbreaking, and Namira Salim’s journey represents a significant step forward in Pakistan’s space exploration efforts. It also highlights the international collaboration in space tourism through Virgin Galactic’s mission.

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Alishba Waris is an independent journalist working for CTN News. She brings a wealth of experience and a keen eye for detail to her reporting. With a knack for uncovering the truth, Waris isn't afraid to ask tough questions and hold those in power accountable. Her writing is clear, concise, and cuts through the noise, delivering the facts readers need to stay informed. Waris's dedication to ethical journalism shines through in her hard-hitting yet fair coverage of important issues.

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