太空,南非的新边境

约翰内斯堡——通过本月举办世界杯赛,南非注定要挑战非洲积贫积弱、麻烦缠身、与全球盛事无缘的形象。凭借对宇宙最边缘部分外太空的研究,南非希望进一步向世人证明非洲人有能力在所有领域参与竞争。

南非为追赶世界太空研究领域的领先国家不惜投入巨资。政府在原有“领路者”(SumbandilaSat )平台的基础上投资于“微型”卫星的研究。

在政府领导下,南非还力争修建被普遍认定为世界最大科学仪器的平方公里天线阵(SKA)射电望远镜。平方公里天线阵所属的碟形天线遍布非洲9个国家,是观察能力超过现有射电望远镜百倍的研究早期宇宙气云结构的新一代望远镜系统。

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