China puts final touches to world's largest telescope

The $180m radio telescope with size of 30 football fields is expected to be operational by September, state media says.

China puts final touches to world's largest telescope

World Bulletin / News Desk

China has assembled into place the final piece of what is set to be the world's largest radio telescope, state media have reported.

The "Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope", or FAST, is the size of 30 football fields and has been hewed out of a mountain in the southwestern province of Guizhou.

"The project has the potential to search for more strange objects to better understand the origin of the universe and boost the global hunt for extraterrestrial life," Zheng Xiaonian, deputy head of the National Astronomical Observation under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, which built the telescope, said on Sunday. 

The $180m radio telescope would be a global leader for the next one to two decades, Xiaonian was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua news agency.

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