Global space industry proud: Pakistan astronaut congratulates India for historic lunar landing attempt

Global space industry proud: Pakistan astronaut congratulates India for historic lunar landing attempt

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) lost contact with the Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram just moments before it was to land the Moon but the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is healthy and safe in the lunar orbit.

Not only India, but the entire world is applauding the Indian Space Research Organisation for daring to go where no one else has managed to.

An astronaut from Pakistan too congratulated India on its historic attempt to make a lunar landing. Namira Salim is Pakistan’s first astronaut.

Namira Salim said, “I congratulate India and Isro on its historic attempt to make a soft landing of the Vikram lander at the South Pole of the Moon.”

“The Chandaryaan-2 lunar mission is indeed a giant leap for South Asia which not only makes the region, but the entire global space industry proud,” Pakistani astronaut Namira Salim said.


Namira Salim, the first Pakistani to go to space aboard Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic which is the world’s first commercial spaceline, said that all political boundaries dissolve in space.

Richard Branson introduces Namira Salim to the world press during the Virgin Galactic launch in Dubai in March, 2006 | Photo from Namira Salim’s website

“Regional developments in the space sector in South Asia are remarkable and no matter which nation leads – in space, all political boundaries dissolve and in space – what unites us overrides what divides us on Earth,” Namira Salim said.

Namira Salim is a vocal proponent of space diplomacy on Earth. Namira Salim is investing efforts in making space the new frontier for peace on Earth. This she does making use of her non-profit space trust.

Pakistani astronaut prescribes governments and leaders across the world to make use of space as a sustainable instrument for peace on Earth.

Namira Salim is popularly known as first Pakistani astronaut and a founder astronaut of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, the first private spaceline of the world.

Namira Salim is the first Pakistani and first woman from Monaco (a country in Europe) to have reached the North Pole in April, 2007, and the South Pole in January, 2008, as well as the first Asian to skydive over Mount Everest in October, 2008.


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