China Launches Largest Radio Telescope

China launches opened operations on Saturday of the world’s largest radio telescope to be used for space research and help in the hunt for alien life, official Xinhua news agency reported.

The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST, is the size of 30 football fields. It is hewn from a mountain in Guizhou province in the southwest. In China it is also call as “Sky Face.”

Xinhua announced the telescope had earned national approval for operations to begin. It finished construction in 2016 and has undergone debugging and testing in the years since.

Chief Engineer Jiang Peng of FAST states Xinhua that the test operations of the telescope is successful and stable so far, and that their sensitivity is more than 2.5 times that of the world’s second largest telescope.

China launches project has also gained valuable scientific data over that period. It expects to contribute to some breakthroughs in areas. It is such as low frequency gravitational wave detection. The interstellar molecules over the next three to five years, Xinhua said.

For Beijing, advancing China’s space program is a priority. The country has set a goal to catch up with Russia and the US. Also, become a major space force by 2030. Next year, Beijing plans to start constructing its own manned space station.

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