The Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) will search deep space in the hope of unlocking some of the universe’s deepest secrets. Is Earth finally about to make contact with extra terrestrial life? That is one of the hopes for the world’s largest radio telescope, which will be switched on later this month.

The finishing touches have now been put to the Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), in south west China’s Guizhou Province, with the enormous 1,650-foot-wide dish set become operational from September 25. The final stage was the installation of a 30-ton ‘feed cabin’, which collects signals from the universe received by the telescope. READ MORE