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China begins operations of world's largest radio telescope

China began operations of the world's largest radio telescope on Sunday in the mountainous region of Guizhou province.


China begins operations of world's largest radio telescope

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: China began operations of the world's largest radio telescope on Sunday in the mountainous region of Guizhou province.

Around noon, hundreds of astronomers and astronomy enthusiasts gathered in a valley in Pingtang country to witness the official launch of the Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope's (FAST) mission to explore space and hunt for extraterrestrial life, Xinhua news agency reported.

Work on the nearly 1.2 billion-yuan ($180 million) 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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