Pakistan to send its first astronaut to space

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Pakistan has announced plans to send its first astronaut to space in 2022, with the selection process scheduled to begin early next year.

Fifty people will be shortlisted but ten candidates will be trained and eventually one sent to space.

Fawad Chaudhry, Minister for Science and Technology, said the Pakistani Air Force will play a lead role in the entire process.

Last year, Pakistan launched two locally-built satellites into the orbit, using a Chinese launch vehicle.

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