Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced in China in the past for major infrastructure projects such as dams and canals. Many of these people estimated to have claimed insufficient compensation from the government.
However that is not stopping China from increasing its investments in astronomy and accelerating its space exploration program, at a cost of several billion euros. China intends to install a permanent space station by 2020 and in the long run, send a man to the moon.
But what also made news is the fact that they are willing to displace thousands of people to build a massive radio telescope to find alien civilizations or other planets that may hold clues to our very own existence.
China is to relocate more than 9,000 people before the unveiling of the world’s largest radio telescope later this year – a move that Beijing hopes will boost the global hunt for extraterrestrial life.
Beijing sees its 500 metre-diameter telescope, which will dwarf the 300 metre-diameter Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, as the latest symbol of its growing technological prowess.
One of the scientists behind the project recently claimed that if the telescope was filled with wine, each of the world’s 7 billion inhabitants could fill about five bottles from it.
But the telescope is intended as a pioneering scientific endeavour, not a super-sized decanter. According to recent reports in Chinese state media, Fast is made up of 4,450 triangular-shaped panels. Once the telescope is fully functional, those movable panels will be used to reflect radio signals from distant parts of the universe towards a 30-tonne retina capable of gathering them, the China Daily newspaper reported during tests last November.