China finishes world’s largest radio telescope to search for alien life

(From UPI)

China finished constructing the world’s largest radio telescope to hunt for signs of alien life in deep space.

Installation was completed on the world's largest radio telescope on Sunday morning in Pingtang, China. Photo by giohy.com

Installation was completed on the world’s largest radio telescope on Sunday morning in Pingtang, China. Photo by giohy.com

The Five-hundred-meter Single-Aperture Radio Telescope, or FAST, contains 4,450 reflector panels with a diameter of 500 yards and is 30 football fields, according to the Xinhua news agency.

About 300 people witnessed the installation Saturday of the last triangular-shaped panel to the reflector in Pingtang County of the southwestern province of Guizhou.

The project was first conceived in 1994 and installation began in March 2011 with a cost of $105 million. It finished two months ahead of schedule. Read more



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