"Between 2010 and 2011, China's first space telescope will be launched, and it will roam in outer space together with the Hubble Space Telescope." said Su Dingqiang, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Sciences recently at the 19th academician and expert rostrum. "Several large-size telescopes independently developed by China in recent years have caught reached the world's most advanced level."
This year marks the "International Year of Astronomy" as well as the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first astronomical observation through a telescope. China, despite being a space power, has so far never launched a space telescope. Su said that the launch of the Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT)– a telescope with the highest sensitivity and space resolution in the world— will mark the "zero breakthrough" for China's launch of space telescopes.
The HXMT's specific missions will include the study of high energy astronomical bodies and high energy radiation phenomenon as well as the directional observation of mysteries of the universe such as black holes and neutron stars. Its observed findings are expected to have major contributions to high energy astrophysics.
By People's Daily Online