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Picture of the nearly-done project of FAST taken on June 27, 2016 (Photo by Xinhua photojournalist Ou Dongqu).
Picture of the nearly-done project of FAST taken on June 27, 2016 (Photo by Xinhua photojournalist Ou Dongqu).

GUIYANG, July 3 (Xinhua) -- The world's largest-ever radio telescope completed installation as the last piece of 4,450 panels was fitted in the centre of the big dish on Sunday morning, a landmark step for its planned operation in September.

The hoisting of the last triangular-shaped panel to the reflector, as large as 30 football pitches, began at 10:47 a.m. and lasted about an hour.

About 300 people, including constructors, experts, science fiction enthusiasts and reporters, witnessed the installation in a karst valley in Pingtang County of the southwestern province of Guizhou.


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