Namira Salim, Pakistan’s first female astronaut, is making history with a journey to space. She will embark on this celestial adventure on October 5, courtesy of the space tourism company Virgin Galactic Holdings. Namira secured her spot as Astronaut No. 6, designated by Virgin Galactic’s Founder Astronaut Richard Branson. This upcoming space voyage is a monumental achievement for Namira and Pakistan, showcasing the nation’s increasing involvement in space exploration.
Namira Salim has an impressive history of adventure and exploration. She was officially recognized as Pakistan’s first astronaut by the government in 2006 and served as an honorary ambassador of tourism for Pakistan in 2007. Namira holds the distinction of being the first Pakistani to reach the North Pole in 2007, the South Pole in 2008, and skydive over Mount Everest in 2008. In 2011, she was honored with the ‘Tamgha-e-Imtiaz’ (Medal of Excellence).
Murtaza Solangi, the Caretaker Minister for Information and Broadcasting, commended Namira Salim’s upcoming space journey as a symbol of Pakistan’s expanding role in space exploration and a remarkable accomplishment for the nation. On behalf of the Government of Pakistan and its people, Solangi conveyed congratulations and best wishes for her success.