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China Hopes to Move FAST on Largest Telescope

Science  07 Aug 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5378, pp. 771-773
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5378.771

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BEIJING-- China has embarked on a project to build the world's largest radio telescope, a spherical dish 500 meters in diameter, in southwest Guizhou Province--a terrain of hundreds of round depressions, each surrounded by hills a few hundred meters high. The facility could make China a major player in the field. But Chinese scientists are hoping for even more: They see the telescope as the forerunner of a billion-dollar, internationally funded radio array that would probe the very earliest stages of the universe.

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