CHINA is stepping up the space race against the US with plans to turn on its own giant telescope in 2024.
The secret country could not resist you cunningly digging at Nasaand says his technique can see a lot more.
It comes amid heightened tensions between the two sides in all areas of space.
Nasa chief Bill Nelson recently warned that efforts must be made to ensure China does not seek to own the moon.
The space agency opened a National Space Intelligence Center (NSIC) last month.
In response, China has accused the US of being “the prime mover in turning space into a weapon and a battlefield.”
“It has long pursued a strategy of space dominance and openly defines space as a war zone,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said, according to state-run China News Service.
“To realize its strategy, the US has aggressively developed and deployed a variety of offensive space weapons such as directed energy and counter-communication systems, held frequent military exercises, and advanced overall military build-up and space readiness.”
China’s Xuntian space telescope is under construction and should be ready by the end of the year.
It will be launched in 2023 and should be operational by 2024, the Chinese state reports CGTN.
Project scientist Li Ran used the analogy of photographing a flock of sheep to compare Xuntian’s skills to NASA’s long-running Hubble telescope.
“Hubble might see one sheep, but the CSST sees thousands, all at the same resolution,” he said.
China’s technology will feature a massive 2.5 billion pixel camera capable of observing up to 40 percent of the sky over 10 years.
It will be the country’s first large space telescope.
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