E.T. phone home: China eyes hunt for alien life with giant telescope


The last panel of China's world largest radio telescope named "FAST", is installed in Pingtang county, Guizhou Province, China, July 3, 2016. China Daily/via REUTERS

The last panel of China’s world largest radio telescope named “FAST”, is installed in Pingtang county, Guizhou Province, China, July 3, 2016. China Daily/via REUTERS

China on Sunday hoisted the final piece into position on what will be the world’s largest radio telescope, which it will use to explore space and help in the hunt for extraterrestrial life, state media said.

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

Scientists will now start debugging and trials of the telescope, Zheng Xiaonian, deputy head of the National Astronomical Observation under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, which built the telescope, told the official Xinhua news agency.

“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,” the report paraphrased Zheng as saying.

The 1.2-billion yuan ($180 million) radio telescope would be a global leader for the next one to two decades, Zheng added.

The telescope, which has taken about five years to build, is expected to begin operations in September.

Advancing China’s space program is a priority for Beijing, with President Xi Jinping calling for the country to establish itself as a space power.

China’s ambitions include putting a man on the moon by 2036 and building a space station, work on which has already begun.

China insists its program is for peaceful purposes, but the U.S. Defense Department has highlighted China’s increasing space capabilities, saying it is pursuing activities aimed to prevent adversaries from using space-based assets in a crisis.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Nick Macfie)

Source: Reuters “E.T. phone home: China eyes hunt for alien life with giant telescope”

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4 Comments on “E.T. phone home: China eyes hunt for alien life with giant telescope”

  1. Joseph says:

    If the aliens ever visit Earth, the Chinese would be the wise choice as the most advanced people on Earth with millennia of civilization and wisdom. The Chinese has never hold newcomers on prejudice view, anyway. Even the Westerners were initially not viewed with prejudice, that was until they proved to be troublemakers enough to be cautioned with prejudice. Considering how the American perceives aliens, I am not surprised if the aliens want to meet the American. After all, the American always turned to aliens to fuel their xenophobia. Star Trek alone has pointed out that even aliens NEED democracy. As if democracy has not wreaked havoc enough on Earth, the American would dream to spread the chaos of democracy across the cosmos. But if the aliens would ever want to make contact with human, they would certainly avoid the United States of America. Forget Area 51, the American may not now the difference of aliens from outer space and illegal aliens from Mexico. Even if they manage to make contact with the American, with all the Independents Day movies and so many Americans possessing guns, the aliens must be thinking that Earth is one hell of a fascist planet. They will think twice before making contact.

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  2. Simon says:

    America is already complaining the telescope will be use to detect American space base military sattelite. Even if true so of what.

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  3. Oscar Villanueva says:

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

    “hewed out of a mountain”?! What balderdash. The editor/writer of Reuters is obviously on a SLUR mission against against any news that makes the Chinese looks good or casts a good or positive image of China. (Of course this applies too, to any “regime” or country which does not toe America’s line)

    Earlier photos shows without a question of a doubt the area upon which the Dish is located, is just an empty expanse of valley floor at the foothills of the surrounding mountains. It is easy enough to ascertain visually what is a cutting and what is not. It’s not even a filling.

    Shame on you, Reuters, pretending to be a international news disseminator when in actual fact you are a smear machine for Obama and his empire worshippers.

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  4. Steve says:

    Excellent news, but I have to say that the only ‘Aliens’ in existence are within the Buddhist Buddha Dharma scriptures, that is the six realms of 1) Heavens 2) Asuras 3) Humans 4) Animals 5) Hungry Ghost and 6) Hell Dwellers. In a distant future due to advancement of science, astronauts may be able to reach/see the zones of lower heavens.

    The giant telescope is excellent for searching satellites, spacecraft and space stations.

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