Shanghai: According to the official Xinhua news, China officially opened the world’s largest radio telescope on Saturday, which will help in space exploration and extraterrestrial life.
The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST)is the size of 30 football fields and located in Guizhou province in southwestern. FAST is also known as “Sky Eye” in China.
Xinhua reported that the telescope received national approval for launching the operation. It finished construction in 2016 and has been undergoing debugging and tests in the years since.
The Chief Engineer of FAST, Jiang Peng, told that the test operation of the telescope has been reliable and stable so far, and its sensitivity was more than 2.5 times that of the world’s second-largest telescope.
Xinhua said that the project has also received some valuable scientific data at that time and is expected to achieve some success in areas such as low-frequency gravitational wave detection and interstellar molecules in the coming three to five years.
The progress of China’s space program is a priority for Beijing, and the country aims to integrate Russia and the United States and become a major space power by 2030. Beijing plans to build its manned space station next year.
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