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Pakistan Set to first mission in international space research race

Pakistan is set to enter the international space research arena with its inaugural space mission, iCube Q. Departing alongside Beijing’s Chang’e 6 mission from China’s Hainan Space Site on May 3, this marks Pakistan’s initiation into lunar exploration.

Scheduled for 12:50 pm, the launch will be broadcast live on the Institute of Space Technology’s (IST) website and social media channels. Developed through collaboration between the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission and Shanghai University of China, iCube Q will orbit the Moon, equipped with two optical cameras to capture images for research purposes.

As part of China’s sixth lunar exploration mission, Chang’e-6, iCube Q shares the primary objective of collecting dust and rock samples from the moon’s South Pole. The mission will also carry payloads from France, Italy, and Sweden.

This miniature lunar mission signifies Pakistan’s debut in space exploration, demonstrating the nation’s prowess in space technology and research. The historic launch represents a significant milestone for Pakistan’s space program, heralding opportunities for future advancements and contributions to the global space community.

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