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‘First’ Pakistani women astronaut wants to make peace in space

ISLAMABAD: Once you’ve been to both poles, skydived over Mount Everest and set up your country’s first consulate in Monaco, the question is: what next?

For 37-year-old explorer Namira Salim the answer is easy, become the first Pakistani to go into space.

Her flight with Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space tourism project is planned for next year.

Although no date has been fixed for the venture’s first commercial flight, she is looking forward to fulfilling a lifelong obsession.

“As a child I always believed I would go to space. It’s not that I read about it one fine day and thought of signing up. I’ve always said this was in my DNA,” she told AFP by Skype from Dubai.

“I must have been less than five years old and I was crying very hard. My father was trying to pacify me and I was like ‘I don’t want anything, I just want to go to space. I don’t want any to

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Added: Oct-26-2012 Occurred On: Oct-26-2012
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