The Aperture Spherical Telescope, in China, prepares to begin operations soon

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After some necessary trials, the telescope is expected to begin operations in September. President Xi Jinping called for the country to establish itself as a space power. Chinese central authorities want to send a man on the moon by 2036 and building a space station. FAST will use an active surface that continually adjusts to create a parabola aligned with the desired sky direction and will be capable of covering the sky within 40° from the zenith. The 19-beam receiver is built as collaboration between the Australian Academy of Science and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The chief scientist of the project is Nan Rendong, a researcher with the Chinese National Astronomical Observatory.

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