25 Sep '16, 12pm

#China searches for aliens with world’s largest radio telescope https://t.co/OHhIXsGMYc

#China searches for aliens with world’s largest radio telescope https://t.co/OHhIXsGMYc

BEIJING — The world’s largest radio telescope began searching for signals from stars and galaxies and, perhaps, extraterrestrial life on Sunday (Sept 26) in a project demonstrating China’s rising ambitions in space and its pursuit of international scientific prestige. Beijing has poured billions into such ambitious scientific projects as well as its military-backed space program, which saw the launch of China’s second space station earlier this month. Measuring 500m in diameter, the radio telescope is nestled in a natural basin within a stunning landscape of lush green karst formations in southern Guizhou province. It took five years and US$180 million (S$245 million) to complete and surpasses that of the 300m Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, a dish used in research on stars that led to a Nobel Prize. The official Xinhua News Agency said hundreds of astronomers and enth...

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