March 02, 2017

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Scott in China at the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST).

An Inside Tour of the World's Largest Radio Telescope!

On my recent tour to China, we had the privilege of being invited inside the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST). This project managed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences will allow astronomers to observe to the early beginnings of the universe.

FAST needs to employ around 300 astronomers to work at the observatory, and currently there is a shortage, which poses some challenges to get this instrument up to full performance capacity.

It was a fascinating tour and we hope that you will someday visit the site, once the visitor's platform becomes available.

Learn more about FAST: http://fast.bao.ac.cn/en/


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