Earth Calling — China completes FAST telescope
China has just completed their brand new Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope also known as FAST. It is a 500 meters spherical design which is roughly the size of 30 football fields and it dwarfs the previous largest scope which was Arecibo in Puerto Rico which was 305 meters.
China is hoping to begin full scale operations in September and one of the main purposes of FAST is to search out alien life in our galaxy. This is a controversial topic as once we make contact there is no changing the fact and our lives and the lives of who we contact will forever be changed, hopefully for the better though.
Zheng Xiaonian, deputy head of the National Astronomical Observation said:
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 entire project cost $180 million which given its size and complexity is a bit of a steal if you ask me. China is getting heavily involved in space and wants a man on the Moon within the next 20 years and even a space station for which work has already begun.