Pakistan to send first astronaut to space by 2022: Fawad Chaudhry

Pakistan to send first astronaut to space by 2022: Fawad Chaudhry
Pakistan Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has said that the country was committed to send its first astronaut to space by 2022.

While giving an interview, he said that China would collaborate with Pakistan in its space mission and the selection process for the astronaut would start in 2020.

He revealed that initially, 50 individuals would be selected after which the list will be shortened to 25 in 2022. The federal minister added that out of them only one would be sent to space.

The Pakistan Air Force, he said, would play an important role in the astronaut's selection.

The Pakistani Air Force would play an important role in the astronaut’s selection, Fawad added.

Commenting on India’s space mission failure, he said that the debris of India’s first space mission ‘Shakti’, which had failed, was even posing dangers to the space missions of other countries.