This research is conducted to identify the inclusion of the concepts of space science in the textbooks, and to unveil its contribution in thrusting interest of youth towards this opportunistic field in Pakistan. The methodology is based on Quantitative Research Paradigm. Quantitative content analysis is carried out, which is triangulated with a brief survey. Two textbooks (Social Studies and Science Grade IX) are selected, whereas survey is taken from 2400 secondary level students, selected through convenience
sampling. Findings notified inclusion of concepts as spineless and theoretical in the textbooks at primary level and also lack practical component. Furthermore, books at secondary level have limited content addressing in-depth concepts. Through quantitative survey it is revealed that besides conventional fields, students preferred opting for emerging fields (chi-square=523.47), yet majority did not show their interest towards space science. They also highlighted that the concepts are either not learnt or have no idea about its inclusion (chi-square= 60.73). Researcher suggests improving the overall content of science and social studies books and introducing space science education as a subject. Furthermore, HEC should provide academic perks for adopting profession in
emerging fields. Awareness sessions and counseling of students in this regard would be
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