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Namira Salim, the first female astronaut from Pakistan, arrives in the US for space flight

Namira Salim, the first female astronaut from Pakistan, arrives in the US for space flight

Namira Salim, the first female astronaut from Pakistan, flew aboard a Virgin Galactic spaceship to the United States to begin her space mission. On October 5, Namira Salim will start her heavenly journey. In 2007, she raised Pakistan’s flag near the North Pole. Ms. Salim traveled from Karachi to Dallas, Texas. She expressed her gratitude for her country’s substantial assistance at this time: I am really appreciative. I’ll fly the Pakistani flag in space with the utmost pride. The first Pakistani astronaut, a woman from Dubai, raised the national flag at the North and South Poles in 2007 and 2008, respectively.

Virgin Galactic managed to launch the first commercial spacecraft at the end of June of this year, but instead of holidaymakers, this journey carried Italian professionals. The business launched the first space voyage for tourists into orbit in August and September. Ms. Salim will participate in the mission this time, and she will have a seat in the VSS Unity spacecraft’s cabin. She is one of the 100 customers who bought space tourism tickets from this American corporation. She purchased her ticket for this journey in 2006, and she is now having the chance to travel into space.

Namira Salim will help Pakistan achieve history despite the country’s mounting debt and the lack of any sign of a space plan. The first Pakistani in space will soon be this space explorer from Dubai and Monaco! The Space Trust’s founder and executive chairperson will be the first Pakistani to go to space when she joins Virgin Galactic’s fourth space mission. The Pakistani explorer said he was “thrilled to be touching the stars” in an interview with X. On October 5, 2023, Sir Richard Branson, the British businessman who founded the US-based space tourism corporation Virgin Galactic, will launch its fourth commercial space mission.

Although Namira Salim was raised in Dubai and Monaco, she was born in Karachi. She was the first Pakistani to reach the North Pole in 2007 and the first Pakistani woman to reach the South Pole in 2008. She was the first woman from Monaco and Dubai to reach the North and South Poles, as well as Pakistan. She raised the flags of all three nations upon her arrival: Pakistan, Monaco, and the United Arab Emirates.

She became one of the initial 100 future space passengers on Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic in 2006, joining the Founder Astronaut Club. Salim was previously recognized as the first Pakistani astronaut by the Pakistani government in 2006.

Namira Salim, Pakistan’s first female astronaut, is preparing for the historic trip to space, according to the Khaleej Times. This is a significant accomplishment for the nation. The heavenly journey of Namira, a Pakistani immigrant living in Dubai, will start on October 5. She is committed to raising the Pakistani flag in orbit. The Galactic 04 flight window will start its journey next month, according to Virgin Galactic Holdings, a space tourism business. Namira had already snagged Astronaut No. 6 when Virgin Galactic Founder Astronaut Richard Branson assigned her a seat.

Astronaut 019 will assist her in making her maiden trip to orbit. In 2006, the Pakistani government formally accepted Namira as the nation’s first astronaut. In 2007, she further served as Pakistan’s honorary tourism ambassador. In April 2007, Namira also made history by becoming the first Pakistani to reach the North Pole, where she hoisted the nation’s flag, then the South Pole in January 2008. On October 5, Namira, who is based in Dubai and previously raised the Pakistani flag near the North Pole in 2007, will start her heavenly journey. Additionally, Namira made history in 2008 by skydiving over Mount Everest as the first Asian and Pakistani. In 2011, she received the “Tamgha-e-Imtiaz” (Medal of Excellence).

Namira Salim’s planned trip to space will signal Pakistan’s rising involvement in space exploration and will be a significant accomplishment for the country, according to interim minister for information and broadcasting Murtaza Solangi. She informed the acting minister of her plans to go to space and expressed her will to hoist the Pakistani flag in space. In the name of the Pakistani government, interim prime minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, and the populace, Solangi congratulated Namira Saleem on beginning her space mission and sent her best wishes for success.

Solangi hailed Namira Saleem as a role model for all women and asserted that the younger generation may advance Pakistan’s standing in the world by excelling in a variety of spheres of endeavor. He said that Namira Saleem’s initiative will enhance Pakistan’s reputation as a nation that values peace and growth.

The lengthy wait has now ended. Namira Salim, one of the original space travelers, will launch into suborbital space on October 5 on a Virgin Galactic voyage she bought 17 years ago. She will become the first female resident of the UAE and the first female space traveler from Pakistan. Since Namira will make space travel history next month, the nearly 20 years of waiting won’t matter to her anymore. Her journey will not only fulfill her lifelong ambition to travel to the edge of space and return, but it will also help space tourism gain popularity.

A few days before heading to the launch site at Spaceport America in New Mexico, Khaleej Times met Namira at her apartment in Dubai on Thursday. She described the preparations and adventures she had before the journey while remaining calm and collected. But when she revealed the source of her space travel aspirations, she became visibly moved.

Her late father, a former member of the Pakistani Army, served as her inspiration, thus it is only natural that her forthcoming aircraft would be named in his honor. “I was initially shown the Pole Star by my father”. He taught me how to navigate by using the night sky’s constellations, and he motivated me to reach for the stars from an early age, Namira said, clutching a brooch she made herself in the shape of the Little Dipper, or Ursa Minor.

I used to watch the night sky as a little child in Pakistan. In the 1980s, when we relocated to the UAE, I likewise spent my youth gazing up at the sky, she said.


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