According to state broadcaster CCTV, the world’s largest radio telescope will be completed in China and start operation on Sunday. CCTV said that the five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope, or FAST, is the world’s largest radio telescope. The project was started in 2011, and technicians began assembling the telescope last July. The telescope is placed deep in the mountains of southwest China’s Guizhou Province.
The state media reported that Qian Lei, the associate researcher of National Astronomical Observatories of China, said FAST would serve as a useful tool for scientists to detect radio waves and further explore the universe. CCTV said FAST, which highlights China’s ambitions in the space program, will detect radio signals from distant planets. Last week, Beijing launched the Tiangong-2 space lab, and it is also set for its longest crewed mission in October aboard the Shenzhou 11 spacecraft World Update Reviews.