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China's Search for Alien Relocates 9,000 Humans

Jul 11, 2016 03:44 AM EDT
World's Largest Radio Telescope Under Construction
China relocated more than 9,000 residents to give way to the world's largest telescope that is designed to search for alien life and radio signals as far as 1,000 light-years away.
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To locate aliens, China relocates human beings. China is uprooting 9,000 humans to give way for its super telescope also dubbed as "the world's largest telescope" that will be used to locate aliens. The residents move was done to give way to a 1,640 feet radio telescope.

China reportedly finished installing the country's largest radio telescope designed to detect "radio signals from the far corners of the universe" that will be useful in searching for alien life, according to Science Daily. But in order to complete the project, more than 9,000 people living in a three-mile radius near the dish were forced to evacuate.

The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope' or 'FAST' was built in southwest China. The telescope's dish is so big and is about the size of 30 football files. 

The people were forced to move due to the "sound electromagnetic environment" that the telescope would create. But the move is not for nothing as reports say that the population forced to relocate are compensated with $1,800, while those belonging to ethnic minority household will receive $1,500. China believes that their telescope will allow scientist to find life outside the Milky Way galaxy.

Earlier this year, reports of the construction of the telescope made the news. 9,110 people from the Pingtang County, Guizhou Province were moved to create a better environment for radio waves, according to Daily Mail.

The telescope will be activated this coming September and is expected to pick up signals from as far as 1,000 light-years away.  The main goal of this radio telescope is to search for "intelligent" alien life beyond Earth.

Aside from launching their rocket systems, China is also advancing their space technologies and is also reportedly planning to create a massive underwater Space Station on the disputed South China Sea.

China is also taking part in nations race to Mars against the big names such as NASA and ESA as well as SpaceX. According to reports, China National Space Administration (CNSA) will attempt to launch a mission to Mars in 2021.


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