This is how Namira Salim, one of the Founding Members of Virgin Galactic and Pakistan’s first astronaut, talks of her experience, in an interview appearing in the current issue of SouthAsia magazine.
Namira Salim is also the first Pakistani to reach the North and South Poles and the first Asian to skydive over Mount Everest. Recently, the Pakistan Embassy in the UAE honoured her for her services.
She said, “I find my title of ‘First Pakistani Astronaut’ very special… perhaps, it’s even better than being a Princess.”
She says her family knew about her passion for space exploration. However, it took them by surprise when they found she wanted to be among the founders of the Virgin Galactic, the world’s first private/commercial spaceline.