The outer space once gave mankind a reason to wonder, now it gives the reason to keep moving on. Today the space sciences have evolved to a point where Mars seems habitable, and the outer space seems like a tourist attraction.
However, Pakistan lags in terms of space technology with only a few satellites that have been hosted, and that too by other countries such as China. So much so, Pakistan does not even have its own rocket missions.
However, in the subject of aerospace, Pakistan’s future seems promising, because this education is offered only by a few colleges, while the human resources are limited, and the demand is strong, and growing further.
Although, more innovation and creativity is needed, but one thing is for sure, the scope of Aerospace is expanding, and its demand is growing, with the emergence of space technology in Pakistan, and it is going to be an even bigger industry in the future.
Hence there is a lot of opportunity for youth who are interested in space sciences in Pakistan.
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Astronomy as a Science
For fresher, Astronomy is the scientific study of celestial objects and events that originate outside the Earth's atmosphere, such as stars, planets, comets, and galaxies.
So, what are the primary astronomical targets?
Let's start with stars, which are at the center of astronomy research. Our twinkler is one of a trillion or various stars in solar system. Our current planetary system is still being studied.
Moreover, Astronomy is separated into several sub-disciplines. Planetary scientists, for example, study worlds inside our solar system as well as those circling distant stars (planets, moons, rings, asteroids, and comets).
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So What’s an Astronomer Really Do?
Astronomers examine how matter and energy interact. The genesis of the cosmos or the nature of time may be studied by theoretical astronomers. Particle accelerators, electron microscopes, and lasers are used by certain astronomers to develop and carry out experiments.
For positions in research and academia, astronomers normally require a Ph.D. Those with a Ph.D. in physics or astronomy who want to work as researchers can start with a postdoctoral research job, which usually lasts two to three years.
As these researchers develop expertise and independence while doing increasingly complicated tasks, they are supervised by senior scientists.
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The Prospects of Becoming as Astronomer in Pakistan
To begin with, you must pass intermediate-level scientific courses, particularly in mathematics and physics. After that, you can enroll in an astronomy undergraduate course and then in a bachelor's degree program in physics or other related fields such as space science. After earning a master's degree, you can pursue an astronomy specialty leading to a Ph. D.
To turn into an astrophysicist, as you require the following skills and attributes:
Pakistan’s Fleet in Space Sciences
In Pakistan, space technology involves a network of satellites that are now widely used for environmental monitoring, weather forecasting, natural disasters, and their impact. It is also used to monitor water flow, glacier melting, study the effects of climate change, discover new energy sources, manage natural resources, etc.
Space science and technology education mainly focus on developing and applying space technology for national and regional development, such as environmental management, weather forecasting, flood monitoring, etc.
Some Mainstream Institutions Offering Space Sciences as a Program
Institute of Space Technology
At the graduation level, IST teaches scientists and researchers in the domains of engineering and space technology.
With their professional skills and up-to-date knowledge in their discipline, as well as industrial and applied research experience, the IST faculty is determined to provide the ultimate standard schooling feasible.
University of Punjab
The University of Punjab's Space Science program intends to produce a qualified workforce in the aforementioned subjects of study, preparing them to serve the nation in several associated application domains.
Students in this Space Science program develop critical thinking and practical research abilities while gaining implicit and explicit information.
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Space Research Agencies of Pakistan
SUPARCO is Pakistan's executive and national space agency. SUPARCO's purpose is to conduct research and development across the globe in the domains of Aerospace science, Aerospace engineering, and their constructive implementations.
SUPARCO was created with the goal of reviewing approaches and conducting research for the constructive use of Aerospace technology.
It also collaborated with NASA, the National Space Centre of the United Kingdom, and the European Space Agency for mutual benefit, such as joint research, training courses, and technical information.
However, for a country to advance in science and technology, it must have an environment that supports it and the political will. Unfortunately, both run counter to Pakistan's progress in space exploration.
Pakistani Astronauts & Famous Personalities
Belonging to a Pakistani family who has made their home in Southern France, Namira Salim is the first Pakistani woman to visit the International Space Station.
In 2006, the Pakistani government formally recognized her as the "First Pakistani Astronaut".
From 1960 until 1974, Salam served as scientific advisor to Pakistan's Ministry of Research and Technology, where he had a significant and influential influence in the establishment of the country's science infrastructure.
Usmani was a Pakistani atomic scientist who controlled nuclear power generation in Pakistan, worked to commission the nuclear power grid station in Karachi, and enhance the Nuclear Research board of the UN.
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The Future of Space Sciences in Pakistan
Many sectors are progressively becoming more interested in space research and technology. Hence, there is an increased demand for candidates with a strong sense of space, skills, and qualifications in space technology.
According to meteorologists, space technology today is more than sending satellites into space for telecommunication purposes. The need of Aerospace knowledge and automation has gone beyond the limits.
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The Pakistani government must develop adequate national laws on space activities to comply with international treaties. It will facilitate the development of internal capacities to benefit economically from the growth of the commercial space industry.
It is necessary to educate the young generation in developing human resources to take advantage of space technologies. Young people should be motivated to create space applications in the service of humanity.
The government can organize seminars and workshops highlighting space science and related topics to educate people about this field and motivate young people to embrace this career.
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