July 25, 2015: China is all set to escalating its space program, with the world’s largest radio telescope being under construction in Guizhou Province. This step will ensure that Beijing doesn’t have to rely on secondhand data anymore.
The world’s largest radio telescope is located in the deep mountains of Guizhou Province in the southwest China said a report on CS Monitor.
The main purpose of the telescope will be capture sounds from outer space, offering a chance for Chinese astronauts to gather data on their own.
The new telescope will be a single-aperture spherical one and has been named “FAST”- Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope.
. It will be the world’s largest and probably the most powerful one, to overtake Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.
The director general of Chinese Astronomical Society, Wu Xiangping, said to official state news channel Xinhua that the new telescope will ensure that Chinese scientists have their collected data, instead of data from other space programs.
Researchers said the location of the dish is just perfect, as there are no towns within three miles, which ensures minimal sound interference.
The world’s largest telescope will have the one-mile long perimeter.
Mr. Wu also said that the China will be able to take and listen to distant and weak radio messages, which will help them to search for life outside the galaxy and find more details of the universe.
This news came two months after China said that it aimed to make the first landing on the far side of the moon.
This will be a first mission for any country, and China said it would complete the mission by 2020.