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Pakistan’s first female astronaut Namira Salim to embark on space voyage

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In a historic development, Pakistan’s first female astronaut Namira Salim is set to embark on a journey to space, Khaleej Times reported. 

Based in Dubai, Namira — who had hoisted Pakistan’s flag at the North Pole in 2007 — will begin her celestial expedition on October 5. 

Space tourism company, Virgin Galactic Holdings, has announced that their Galactic 04 flight window will commence its trip next month. 

Namira has already clinched the position of Astronaut No 6 after Founder Astronaut of Virgin Galactic Richard Branson designated her a seat. Her first voyage to space will be facilitated by Astronaut 019.

The Government of Pakistan officially recognised Namira as the first astronaut in the country in 2006. She also served as honorary ambassador of tourism for Pakistan in 2007.

Namira also became the first Pakistani to reach the North Pole in April 2007 and the South Pole in January 2008. 

Not only that, Namira also holds the distinction of being the first Asian and first Pakistani to skydive over Mount Everest in 2008. She was conferred with ‘Tamgha-e-Imtiaz’ (Medal of Excellence) in 2011.

Caretaker Minister for Information and Broadcasting Murtaza Solangi said that Namira Salim’s upcoming journey to space was a sign of Pakistan’s growing presence in space exploration and a major achievement for the nation.

She briefed the caretaker minister about the preparations for her space journey, expressing her determination to raise the Pakistani flag in space.

Solangi congratulated Namira Saleem on behalf of the Government of Pakistan, caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar and the people for starting the space journey and expressed good wishes for her success.

Terming Namira Saleem as a role model for all women, Solangi said the young generation can raise the name of Pakistan in the world in various fields of life.

“This effort of Namira Saleem will highlight the positive image of Pakistan as a peace-loving and progressive country,” he maintained. 

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Users of WhatsApp will soon be able to lock chats on connected devices.

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Additionally, linked devices will now have access to the conversation lock feature. Users of WhatsApp will also soon have the option to tag their contacts in status updates.

Notably, WhatsApp users can link their devices to log in to the same account on different devices. However, several functions, such as conversation locks and status updates, are not accessible on the secondary devices.

Even if they are locked on the main conversations, anybody can still access your private chats on a connected device. WhatsApp is currently working on adding Chat Lock capability to connected devices in order to address this.

The chat lock feature on WhatsApp will soon be available on connected devices.

Prior to this, it was claimed that WhatsApp, which is owned by Meta, was developing new personalisation options for an iOS beta.

According to WABetaInfo, an update tracker portal for the instant messaging network, WhatsApp for iOS users will soon get the option to modify both the conversation bubble’s colour and the app’s primary colour scheme.

A feature that let beta testers choose the primary colour scheme of the WhatsApp iOS app from a selection of five colours was first tested back in January.

The instant messaging app is testing a feature that lets users change the colour of chat bubbles within conversations, though, in a new beta edition.

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Moon train operations are planned by NASA.

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The goal is to construct the first lunar train system, which will enable safe, independent, and effective cargo transportation on the moon, according to robotics specialist Ethan Schaler of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

He went on, “The day-to-day functioning of a sustainable lunar base in the 2030s will depend heavily on a robust, long-lasting robotic transport system.”

The Flexible Levitation on a Track, or FLOAT, is the name of the proposed lunar rail system. According to NASA, the establishment of a railway system on the moon is “critical to the daily operations.”

According to the space agency, the primary objective of FLOAT is to offer transportation services in regions of the moon where astronauts are engaged in activities. To do this, cargoes of lunar soil and other materials will need to be transported to various regions of the moon.

Each robot will be able to transport cargo of various sizes and shapes at a pace of roughly 1 mph (1.61 km/h), according to Dr. Schaler.

Notably, NASA also declared new initiatives last month to create and test new vehicle models intended for moon exploration.

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Pakistan’s lunar mission ‘ICUBE-Q’ reaches the moon orbit.

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Pakistan’s lunar mission (ICUBE-Q) entered orbit around the moon on Wednesday.

Pakistan’s historic lunar mission (ICUBE-Q) launched from Hainan, China, on Friday aboard China’s Chang’E6 spacecraft.

According to the IST, the satellite ICUBE-Q was planned and developed in partnership with China’s Shanghai University SJTU and Pakistan’s national space agency SUPARCO.

The ICUBE-Q orbiter is equipped with two optical cameras to image the lunar surface. ICUBE-Q has now been integrated into the Chang’e6 mission after successfully qualifying and testing it.

Chang’e6 is the sixth lunar exploration mission launched by China.

The launch event was streamed live on the IST website and social media platforms. Chang’6, China’s Lunar Mission, will land on the Moon’s far side to collect surface samples before returning to Earth for further research.

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