Giving a befitting reply to India’s space endevours, Pakistan on Thursday announced that it will send its first astronaut to space in 2022 using close ally China’s satellite launch facilities.
Pakistan’s decision came as India on July 22 successfully launched its second lunar mission Chandrayaan 2. Fawad Chaudhry, Pakistan’s Minister for Science and Technology, said the selection process of the astronaut for the space mission would start from February 2020.
“Proud to announce that selection process for the first Pakistani to be sent to Space shall begin from February 2020. Fifty people will be short-listed. The list will then come down to 25 and in 2022 we will send our first person to space. This will be the biggest space event of our country,” Mr. Chaudhry said in a tweet.
In 2018, Pakistan launched two indigenously-built satellites, onboard the Chinese Long March (LM-2C) rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre located at the Gobi desert, The Express Tribune reported.