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Pakistan's first woman astronaut lauds Chandrayaan-2 mission, calls it a 'giant leap for South Asia'

Wion Exclusive: Pakistan's First Female Astronaut Namira Salim Hails ISRO's Attempt To Land On The South Pole Of The Moon.

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Sep 12, 2019, 11.06 AM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

In an exclusive interview to WION, Pakistan's first female astronaut congratulated India and ISRO's team on Chandrayaan-2 mission.

Namira Salim, the first Pak woman to go to Space, said that the attempt to make a soft landing on the Moon's far side was in itself a "giant leap for South Asia as well as for the entire global space industry". 

"As a global citizen, I congratulate India on the landing of Vikram Lander on the Moon. India's mission to the moon is about the contribution they have made to the international Space industry and for the benefit of mankind," Salim told WION. 

Salim said that the lunar mission will create a "big paradigm shift in the minds of future scientists". 

"This is a very groundbreaking development," she said, adding that the mission will pave way for better understanding and a new approach towards the Moon and missions for the scientists to come. 

"The mission will help everyone learn from this experience. We are working in a global village of space countries right now, so this a great contribution to learning how to approach such missions in future," Salim said.