WhatsApp Logo Subscribe
For News Alert

News

Pakistan's historic moon mission aboard China rocket blasts off

Chang'e6 carries Pakistan's miniature satellite ICUBE-QAMAR: Institute of Space Technology has built ICUBE-Q in collaboration with Shanghai University and SUPARCO: PM Shehbaz felicitates nation, scientists over lunar orbit mission

By News Desk

May 3, 2024 09:34 AM


Representational image

Twitter Share Facebook Share WhatsApp Share

Pakistan on Friday launched its “historic” lunar mission (ICUBE-Q) on board China’s Chang’e6 rocket which lifted off on Friday afternoon from the Wenchang launch center on the southern tropical island province of Hainan, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
ICUBE-Q has been designed and developed by Pakistan’s Institute of Space Technology in collaboration with China’s Shanghai University and Pakistan’s national space agency SUPARCO.

https://twitter.com/reachmarketing5/status/1786327915786891429

ICUBE-Q orbiter carries two optical cameras to image the lunar surface and following successful qualification and testing, ICUBE-Q has now been integrated with the Chang’e6 mission.”

https://twitter.com/WatchTowerGW/status/1786328179084501033

The Chinese mission aims to grab samples containing material ejected from the lunar mantle and thus provide insight into the history of the Moon, Earth and Solar System.
According to the website of the Institute of Space Technology, China’s national space agency allowed Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organization member states to send student-built payload to the Moon with its mission.

https://twitter.com/ZEUS_PSF/status/1785184080855789995

The Pakistani institution built a device that was selected for the purpose after rigorous evaluation.

The student-built payload carries two optical cameras to image lunar surface and will be part of China’s mission to the Moon

With this lunar mission Pakistan's aims to make a progress in space exploration.

https://twitter.com/BeijingReview/status/1786328329655886176

 

According to the Islamabad-based Institute of Space Technology, the launch was originally scheduled to lift off at 12:50pm Pakistan Standard Time. However, it was delayed by about one and a half hours due to inclement weather conditions in China. The launch took place at 2:30 pm PST.

 

PM Shehbaz felicitates nation, scientists

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has felicitated the nation and the scientists for launching the first lunar orbit mission.

In a statement issued in Islamabad on Friday afternoon, Shehbaz Sharif said ICUBE-Q satellite is Pakistan's first step in the space.

The prime minister said Pakistani scientists, engineers and skilled workers are proving their mettle in this field like the expertise they exhibited in the nuclear technology.

Shehbaz expressed tribute to the core committee of the Institute of Space Technology, including Dr Khurram Khurshid, all the members of the SUPARCO team and students, who participated in this project.

China probe to collect samples from far side of Moon

China launched the probe on Friday to collect samples from the far side of the Moon, a world first as Beijing pushes ahead with an ambitious programme that aims to send a crewed lunar mission by 2030.

A rocket carrying the Chang'e-6 lunar probe blasted off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China's Hainan province just before 5:30 pm (0930 GMT) and 2:30 pm Pakistan Standard Time.

It is the latest leap for China's ambitious space programme, which Washington has warned is being used to mask military objectives and an effort to establish extraterrestrial dominance.

The Chang'e-6 aims to collect around two kilograms (4 pounds) of lunar samples from the far side of the Moon and bring them back to Earth for analysis.

State news agency Xinhua hailed it as "the first endeavour of its kind in the history of human lunar exploration".

It is a technically complex 53-day mission that will also see it attempt an unprecedented launch from the side of the Moon that always faces away from Earth.

"Chang'e-6 will collect samples from the far side of the Moon for the first time," Ge Ping, vice director of China's Lunar Exploration and Space Engineering Center.

The probe is set to land in the immense South Pole-Aitken Basin, one of the largest known impact craters in the solar system.

Once there, it will scoop up lunar soil and rocks, and carry out other experiments in the landing zone.

It must then lift off from the Moon's surface and retrace its steps back home.

- Space dream -

Plans for China's "space dream" have been put into overdrive under President Xi Jinping.

Beijing has ploughed huge resources into its space programme over the last decade, targeting a string of ambitious undertakings in an effort to close the gap with the two traditional space powers -- the United States and Russia.

The country has notched several notable achievements, including building a space station called Tiangong, or "heavenly palace", to which it sent a fresh crew of three astronauts last month.

Beijing has landed robotic rovers on Mars and the Moon, and made China only the third country to independently put humans in orbit.

China aims to send a crewed mission to the Moon by 2030, and plans to build a base on the lunar surface.

The United States is also planning to put astronauts back on the Moon by 2026 with its Artemis 3 mission.

The rapid advance of China's space programme has raised alarm bells in Washington, with the head of NASA warning last month that the US was now in a "race" against Beijing.

"We believe that a lot of their so-called civilian space program is a military program," NASA administrator Bill Nelson told lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

- Dark side of the Moon -

Chang'e-6 is the first of three high-wire uncrewed missions to the Moon planned by China this decade.

Its successor, Chang'e-7, will scour the lunar south pole for water, while Chang'e-8 will attempt to establish the technical feasibility of building a planned base, known as the International Lunar Research Station, with Beijing saying a "basic model" will be completed by 2030.

Scientists say the Moon's dark side -- so-called because it is invisible from Earth, not because it never catches the sun's rays -- holds great promise for research as its craters are less covered by ancient lava flows than the near side.

That might mean it is more possible to collect material that sheds light on how the Moon formed in the first place.

"The samples collected by Chang'e-6 will have a geological age of approximately 4 billion years," Ge said.

"Collecting lunar samples from different regions and geological ages, and conducting experiments is of great value and significance for humanity."

 


News Desk


Most Read

  1. Brother shot dead over distribution of Qurbani meat in Azad Kashmir Brother shot dead over distribution of Qurbani meat in Azad Kashmir
  2. Fault in global submarine cable affects internet service in parts of Pakistan Fault in global submarine cable affects internet service in parts of Pakistan
  3. Varun Dhawan drops first love moments with baby girl Varun Dhawan drops first love moments with baby girl
  4. 30,000-litre liquor seized from container in Sharaqpur Sharif 30,000-litre liquor seized from container in Sharaqpur Sharif
  5. Former president of Landi Kotal Press Club shot dead by unknown assailants Former president of Landi Kotal Press Club shot dead by unknown assailants
  6. Diljit Dosanjh spills beans about ‘first love’ amidst marriage speculations Diljit Dosanjh spills beans about ‘first love’ amidst marriage speculations

Opinion

  1. An Unmissable Opportunity: The Time for Modi and Islamabad leadership to Resume Bilateral Dialogue is Now!
    An Unmissable Opportunity: The Time for Modi and Islamabad leadership to Resume Bilateral Dialogue is Now!

    By Sudheendra Kulkarni

  2. Premier Shehbaz and Chinese model
    Premier Shehbaz and Chinese model

    By Naveed Aman Khan

  3. Modi's myth broken, yet in power
    Modi's myth broken, yet in power

    By Naveed Aman Khan

  4. Xi, Shehbaz and CPEC phase - 2
    Xi, Shehbaz and CPEC phase - 2

    By Naveed Aman Khan

  5. Pakistan's UNSC Triumph: A New Era
    Pakistan's UNSC Triumph: A New Era

    By Dr Asif Channer

  6. Shehbaz, Deng, Xi and transformation
    Shehbaz, Deng, Xi and transformation

    By Naveed Aman Khan