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Pakistan’s Historic Leap into Space: Launches First Lunar Mission

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Pakistan’s Historic Leap into Space: Launches First Lunar Mission, iCube-Q, marking a significant milestone in the nation’s space exploration endeavors. The spacecraft, CubeSats, was launched aboard China’s Chang’e 6 probe from the Wenchang Space Launch Site in Hainan, China, on Friday.

Pakistan's Historic Leap into Space: Launches First Lunar Mission, iCube-Q, marking a significant milestone
Pakistani payload will also be mounted on Chang’e 6 orbiter(ISTIslamabad)

Successful Launch Confirmed

Khalil Hashmi, Pakistan’s top diplomat in Beijing, confirmed the success of the launch. It Heralded a momentous step forward for the Pakistan’s space program. Hashmi, who was present at the launch ceremony, announced that iCube-Q would be deployed into Moon orbit on 8th May, marking the next phase of the mission.

Collaborative Efforts and Technological Advancements

Developed in collaboration between Pakistan’s Institute of Space Technology, China’s Shanghai University, and Pakistan’s national space agency SUPARCO. iCube-Q carries two optical cameras designed to capture images of the lunar surface. This collaborative effort underscores Pakistan’s commitment to advancing scientific research and technological innovation in space exploration.

A Historic Mission

The Chang’e 6 probe, housing the iCube-Q orbiter, embarks on an unprecedented mission to collect samples from the far side of the Moon. This historic endeavor, the first of its kind in human history. It is poised to revolutionize our understanding of the lunar landscape and enhance scientific exploration beyond Earth.

Scientific Discoveries Await

Upon reaching the Moon, the spacecraft is slated to execute a soft landing on the far side. Here it will employ a robotic arm to collect rocks and soil samples. Simultaneously, scientific detection work will be conducted, paving the way for groundbreaking discoveries in lunar exploration.

International Collaboration and Global Participation

Ahead of the launch, representatives from 12 countries, including Pakistan, France, Italy, and international organizations such as the UN and the European Space Agency. They had convened in Hainan to discuss space exploration and foster collaboration among nations. The presence of international payloads onboard, including those from the European Space Agency, France, and Italy, underscores the collaborative spirit of space exploration.

National Pride and Commendations

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif extended congratulations to the nation and scientists for achieving this historic milestone. The launch of Pakistan’s first lunar orbit mission marks a moment of pride and triumph for the country. Propelling it into the forefront of space exploration on the global stage.

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