Pakistan on Thursday announced that it will send its first astronaut to space in 2022 using close ally China’s satellite launching facilities.
Pakistan has come up with the decision after India successfully launched its second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 on Monday.
Pakistan Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that the selection process of the astronaut for the space mission would start from February 2020.
Chaudhry in a tweet said, “Proud to announce that selection process for the first Pakistani to be sent to Space shall begin from February 2020. Fifty people will be shortlisted. 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.”
Chaudhry further said that the Pakistani Air Force will play a lead role in the selection process for the space mission.