Pakistan's first satellite mission to the moon launched
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Karachi: Pakistan’s first satellite mission has left for the moon. Pakistan’s first satellite mission was sent into space at 2:27 p.m. In Pakistani time, Pakistan’s first satellite mission to the moon, ‘iCube Qamar’, took off from China’s Henan Space Launch Site. There were emotional scenes at SPARCO on the mission’s departure from Hainan, where the SPARCO command and control center erupted in applause.

Dr. Khurram Khurshid, a member of the core committee of the Institute of Space Technology, said in the conversation that Pakistan’s satellite mission will orbit the moon for 3 to 6 months. Syed Samar Abbas added that this mission will provide important information about the moon’s weather, earth, and magnetic field.

In 2022, the Chinese National Space Agency provided a unique opportunity for member countries to reach the lunar orbit for free through the Asia Pacific Space Corporation Organization (APSCO). The member countries had sent their plans on the proposal of Epsco. The member countries of Epsco include Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Iran, Peru, South Korea, Thailand, and Turkey.

Pakistan’s Institute of Space Technology had also submitted a proposed project; out of eight countries, only Pakistan’s project was accepted.

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