China to launch large space telescope in 2023 to study distant galaxies

China wants to launch its first large space telescope in late 2023 to probe the skies, provide new insights into distant galaxies and unlock the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy.

The China Space Station Telescope (CSST) is an optical, ultraviolet space observatory with a 6.6-foot-diameter (2-meter) lens, making it comparable to the venerable The Hubble Space Telescope. Although the resolution of the Chinese telescope is similar to that of Hubble, the CSST’s field of view will be 350 times larger, said Liu Jifeng, deputy director of the National Astronomical Observatories of China, according to Chinese media Xinhua, according to a statement.

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