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SOURCE: AFI

Pakistan’s participation in China’s Chang’e-6 lunar mission, with its satellite ICUBE-Qamar, has reignited online discussions in India. The recent release of an image captured by ICUBE-Qamar’s camera has drawn mixed reactions, with some Indian netizens criticizing its quality.

Launched on May 3rd from Hainan province, China, ICUBE-Qamar is a minisatellite built by Pakistan in collaboration with China. It piggybacked on China’s Chang’e-6 mission, orbiting the moon as part of a larger lunar exploration endeavor.

ICUBE-Qamar is equipped with a 1-megapixel camera, weighing only 7 kilograms. This has led to comparisons with higher resolution cameras used by other space agencies.

The image captured by ICUBE-Qamar’s camera has sparked online debate in India, with some netizens expressing disappointment about the resolution. However, it’s important to consider the limitations of a minisatellite project and the experience it provides for Pakistan’s space program.

Space exploration is a global endeavor, and international collaboration is key to furthering our understanding of the cosmos. While there may be room for improvement in image resolution, ICUBE-Qamar’s contribution to the Chang’e-6 mission should be seen as a positive step for Pakistan’s space program and a collaborative effort in scientific discovery.