On Thursday, Nepal successfully launched its first satellite into space from the United States to gather detailed geographical information of the Himalayan nation, evoking unbridled excitement among the people and scientists.
Developed by the Nepalese scientists, NepaliSat-1 satellite was launched at 2:31 am (Nepal time) from Virginia in the United States, according to Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST).
Two Nepali scientists, Aabhas Maskey and Hariram Shrestha who are currently studying at Japanese Kyushu Institute of Technology, developed the satellite under the BIRDS project of their institute.
Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli congratulated all the scientists and institutions involved in the development of the satellite. He said it was a matter of prestige for the country to have its own satellite.
“Though a humble beginning, with the launching of NepaliSat-1 Nepal, has entered the Space-Era. I wish to congratulate all those scientists and institutions that were involved right from the development to its launching thereby enhancing the prestige of our country,” he said in a tweet.