Pakistan’s lunar satellite iCube-Qamar transmits first images from moon’s orbit

02:59 PM | 10 May, 2024
Pakistan’s lunar satellite iCube-Qamar transmits first images from moon’s orbit

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s maiden lunar satellite iCube-Qamar on Friday sent the first-ever images from the lunar orbit.

The national space agency confirmed it to media, stating that the first pictures captured by the satellite were unveiled at the China National Space Agency (CNSA) during a ceremony, which was held to mark the accomplishment of the mission.

The images from the lunar orbit ware handed over to Pakistan’s ambassador in a formal ceremony.

The picture sent by the iCube-Qamar shows the moon and sun shining brightly. The mission is expected to sent more images from the orbit in coming days.

On Wednesday, China's Chang'e-6 lunar probe, carrying Pakistan’s first moon mission, successfully entered the lunar orbit.

“The Chang's-6 successfully performed a near-moon braking procedure before entering the circumlunar orbit at 10:12 a.m. (0212GMT),” Xinhua News Agency had reported.

The Chinese mission carries Pakistan’s first lunar satellite known as ICUBE-Q and it was launched on Friday from the Wenchang Space Launch Site in Hainan province of China.

The iCUBE-Q orbiter features two optical cameras and it is poised to capture stunning images of the lunar surface and is equipped with two advanced optical cameras.

Pakistan's Institute of Space Technology, in collaboration with China’s Shanghai University and Pakistan’s SUPARCO, jointly developed the satellite.


Pakistani Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 19 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 19, 2024 (Wednesday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.50 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 296 and selling rate is 299 while British Pound rate is 349.7 for buying, and 353.25 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.80.

Forex Rates 

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.50 280.65
Euro EUR 296.00 299.00
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.70 353.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.80 75.60
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.80 73.55
Australian Dollar AUD 182.00 184.00
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.18 749.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 204.00 206.00
China Yuan CNY 38.43 38.83
Danish Krone DKK 40.18 40.58
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.66 36.01
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.90 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 909.34 909.34
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.30 59.90
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.79 172.79
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.97 26.27
Omani Riyal OMR 723.88 731.88
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203.65 205.65
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 311.90 314.40
Thai Bhat THB 7.58 7.73


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