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China Sets Up World's Largest Cosmic Lab in Tibet

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 01/06/10; June 10, 2001.]

People's Daily (Official Chinese news agency)

BEIJING, Jun 10, 2001 - The world's largest cosmic laboratory, jointly funded by China and Italy, has been inaugurated in Yangbajain, Tibet.

The new lab, with a floor space of 10,000 square metres, is set up inside old Yangbajain Cosmic Ray Research Laboratory, which was established by Chinese and Japanese scientists in 1990.

The lab has been equipped with a 5,000 sq metres cosmic ray detector. "It is the world's largest of its kind," an official news agency quoted Tan Youheng, Director of the project, as saying.

Italy provided Dollar nine million to the project. Investors from the Chinese side included the State Development Planning Commission, Ministry of Science and Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences and China National Natural Sciences Foundation, which pooled about Dollar 4.2 million for the project.

Tan explained that cosmic ray observation is part of basic scientific research, and contributes to the studies of atmospheric physics, nuclear physics, solar activities, wireless communications and related fields.

Professor Ettorre Piazzoli from Italy said, the sky is illuminated by gamma rays. The problem is how to observe the rays through a telescope, which is what the lab is going to be engaged in.

Scientists from over a dozen countries have worked at Yangbajain cosmic ray research lab.


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