‘First Pakistani Astronaut’ Namira Salim became an emblem of women’s empowerment. Pakistani women will inspire from her and it gives them motivation to smash glass ceiling and accomplish their targeted dreams.
In 2006, Namira was awarded with this title ‘First Pakistani Astronaut’ that makes Pakistan proud and creates power in individuals over their own lives, society and in communities.
In a while in 2008, she has made several important contributions to Pakistan’s space programme and worked in close association with Pakistan’s Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO).
She is the first Pakistani South Asian space tourist and the first Asian to skydive (in tandem) from Mount Everest. She heaves a peace flag on behalf of the nation at the two poles of the world.
In 2013, she was awarded the ‘Power of 100 Trailblazer Award’ in London for her efforts to promote international peace and harmony. In 2015, she founded her non-profit ‘Space Trust’ to promote Space as the New Frontier for Peace, particularly to support the work of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs.
Namira Salim highlights what convinced her to turn out to be an astronaut? Her only confession with regard to Passion is “space is what makes my DNA.”I romanced the stars and the farthest stretches of the universe drew me closer every day.
Even as a child, a deep connection with stars as if something was calling out to me. By the time I was 13, I announced to my cousins and friends that I would grow up to become an astronaut.
Namira disclosed that she is currently working on mounting a Cube Satellite which will be launched in 2020 to play messages of peace in orbit in the voices of world leaders. It is a Space Trust project with leading space industry veterans and would be appropriate for Pakistan to be component of this mission.
It is very pleased to hear that Pakistan has announced its first Astronaut via Suparco under a government programme in cooperation with China, she added.