Photo Essay: A 9 Year Old Ismaili Boy’s First Steps on Becoming an Astronaut @Simergphotos

Photo Essay: A 9 Year Old Ismaili Boy’s First Steps of Becoming an Astronaut

Qayl dressed as an astronaut. Please click on photo to read Qayl's photo essay.

Qayl dressed as an astronaut. Please click on photo to read Qayl’s photo essay.

A 9-year-old Ismaili boy’s passion for space exploration finds truth in His Highness the Aga Khan’s visionary thoughts from the 1950s. Soon after becoming the 49th Imam of the Ismailis, Prince Karim visited East Africa and on several of his visits with Ismaili youths, he challenged them to think about the future and prepare for it by educating themselves well. In one of the meetings, he said, “if I say that your children are going to have a cup of tea on the moon, you will probably laugh. Well, fine, this is the way it should be, we laugh at it today but your children will not laugh at it.”

Qayl is 9 years old and recently met 10 Astronauts, talking to them, interviewing them and taking pictures. For the photo essay about his inspiring encounters, please click: