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25 Sep 2016

#World’s Large #Radiotelescope begins operations (People’s Daily, September 25 2016)


Title: #World’s Large #Radiotelescope begins operations.

Subject: Radioastronomy, new system enters into operation in China.

Source: People’s Daily, full page: (LINK). via Instagram.

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World's largest radio telescope begins operations The world's largest radio telescope was put into use on Sunday in a mountainous region of southwest China's Guizhou Province. Shortly after noon, in a karst valley in Pingtang County, hundreds of astronomers and astronomy enthusiasts witnessed the official launch of the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope's (FAST) mission to explore space and hunt for extraterrestrial life. Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to scientists, engineers and builders on the launch. Work on the nearly 1.2-billion-yuan (180 million U.S. dollars) project started in 2011, 17 years after it was proposed by Chinese astronomers. The installation of the telescope's main structure -- a 4,450-panel reflector as large as 30 football pitches -- was finished in early July.

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Keywords: China; Research; Space; Solar System; Astronomy; Radioastronomy.