US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Astronomers claim that China, which owns the FAST five-hundred-meter spherical radio telescope, is the world leader in the search for extraterrestrial intelligent life.
The project to search for extraterrestrial civilizations with the subsequent possible contact with them (SETI) was created in the West and was mainly attended by Western scientists. However, when Chinese experts joined the project and demonstrated the capabilities of FAST, it became clear that the rules of the game were changing rapidly.
“After the Second World War, representatives of the Western world dominated in most scientific fields. Now China is not only catching up, but in some areas ahead of us.
China has the resources to become a leading country in some areas of research and technological development. I won’t be surprised if FAST becomes the tool that will help you find extraterrestrial intelligence and come into contact with it, ”said astronomer Michael Michaud.
China wants to find intelligent extraterrestrial life and establish contact with it, but, experts say, for them this is not a matter of national pride, but an opportunity for international cooperation with Western countries.
“Anyone who thinks that China and the West will arrange a“ space race ”, as was the case between the Soviet Union and the USA in the 1960s, will be disappointed. The world has changed a long time ago and international cooperation is winning competition,” said Douglas Vakoch, president of the extraterrestrial research group METI International.
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