China's Chang'e 6 Mission to Carry Pakistani satellite to Moon
By News Desk
October 1, 2023 07:09 PM
The Chang'e 6 mission, China's upcoming robotic lunar expedition set for next year, has finalised to also carry ICUBE-Q cubesat satellite from Pakistan, according to an official government statement released on other day.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, in a groundbreaking development, China's upcoming Chang'e 6 mission to the Moon is set to include a payload [satellite] from Pakistan. This significant collaboration was finalized following meticulous selection and discussions, as announced in an official government statement.
The primary objective of the Chang'e 6 mission is to achieve what has never been done before: collecting samples from the far side of the Moon. Comprising an orbiter, lander, ascender, and re-entry module, the spacecraft is poised to touch down in the South Pole-Aitken Basin to gather dust and rock samples. This mission promises to shed light on the composition of the Moon's far side, advancing our scientific understanding of this enigmatic region.
Notably, this mission reflects the international nature of lunar exploration, where countries come together to pool resources and expertise for scientific advancement. India, through its Chandrayaan 3 mission, made history as the first country to achieve a soft landing near the lunar south pole. China's Chang'e 4 mission's rover is actively exploring the far side of the Moon, while India's attempts to reactivate its rover have faced challenges.
Besides the Pakistani payload, Chang'e 6 will carry 10 kilograms of foreign equipment on its lander and orbiter, including scientific instruments from France, Italy, and the European Space Agency. Although the United States, the former Soviet Union, and China have successfully retrieved lunar samples from the near side of the Moon, obtaining samples from the far side remains uncharted territory.
This collaborative effort underscores the shared goals of nations in the pursuit of scientific knowledge and the exploration of space's uncharted frontiers. International cooperation in space exploration continues to be a driving force behind groundbreaking discoveries and advancements in our understanding of the cosmos.