China starts building new telescope for lunar, deep-space missions-Xinhua

China starts building new telescope for lunar, deep-space missions

Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2023-10-11 20:55:00

CHANGCHUN, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- China on Wednesday started the construction of a 40-meter-aperture radio telescope in the Changbai Mountain area, in the northeastern province of Jilin, to support future lunar and deep-space probe missions.

Developed by the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the optical instrument is designed to be a large, fully movable, high-precision multipurpose radio telescope.

Scientists believe the Changbai Mountain area is an ideal site for telescope observation due to its clear skies and dry climate.

Upon completion, the new telescope will form a network with five others nationwide and one data processing center in Shanghai, increasing the country's observation capacity and better serving its deep-space explorations.

The science facility will also enhance China's radio astronomy research and promote more innovative achievements in various cutting-edge fields, including supermassive black holes and galactic dynamics.

China announced earlier this year that it will continue its lunar research with several planned missions, including one task to bring 2 kilograms of samples from the far side of the moon back to Earth.

According to the observatory, the construction of the new telescope and its station will be completed by the end of 2024.