Pakistan to send its 1st astronaut to space by 2022, says country’s tech minister
In an interview Sunday, Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that the selection process will begin in 2020 as Pakistan and its partner China commence preparations to launch Pakistan’s first manned mission to space by 2022.
An initial shortlist of 50 candidates will be prepared and whittled down to the lucky one. While the Pakistani Air Force has been tipped to play a key role in the selection process, the minister did not state the extent of its involvement nor did he mention a target launch date.Also on rt.com Pakistani PM Khan hints at nuking India in ‘surrender-or-death’ scenario
Pakistan launched two satellites last year on board Chinese Long March rockets from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert, so the two countries have some history of cooperation when it comes to space exploration.
Meanwhile, Chaudry has been trolling neighboring India over its failed moon landing in recent days. The Indian space program lost contact with its moon lander moments before it was due to touch down on the lunar surface.
Better than Chandrayaan na atleast it flutters,wave and float in the air:) and also you don’t need to spend 900 crore to get 👎 https://t.co/4Gll4bB5h8— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) September 11, 2019
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