Pakistan committed to sending first astronaut to space by 2022: Minister

Islamabad, September 16

Pakistan Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has said that the country is committed to sending its first astronaut to space by 2022.

China would collaborate with Pakistan in its space mission, he said, during an interview on Sunday, adding the selection process for the astronaut would start in 2020, reports The News International.

He revealed that initially, 50 individuals would be selected after which the list would be shortened to 25 in 2022.

The minister said that out of them only one would be sent to space.

The Pakistan Air Force, he said, would play an important role in the astronaut’s selection. IANS