Federal Minister for Science and Technology Ch. Fawad Hussain said on Sunday Pakistan was committed to sending its first astronaut to space by 2022.
China would collaborate with Pakistan in its space mission, he said, adding the selection process for the astronaut would start in 2020, state-owned wire service quoted him as saying during an interview to a news channel.
He revealed that Initially, 50 persons would be selected and then the list will be shortened to 25 in 2022, out of them only one would be sent to space.
Moreover, the Pakistani Air Force would play an important role in astronaut’s selection, he said.
To a question, Ch. Fawad said the debris of India’s first space mission namely ‘Shakti’, which had failed, was even posing dangers to the space missions of other countries.
Earlier, on July 25, the minister of science and Technology had announced that Pakistan would send its first citizen into space by 2022 selection process.
“Proud to announce that selection process for the first Pakistani to be sent to Space shall begin from Feb 2020,” he tweeted.
In 2022 we will send our first person to space, this will be the biggest space event of our history, Ch. Fawad Hussain said.