nqin project, said that the project has been going smoothly.
“So far nearly 200 Chinese scientists from more than 30 dome
stic research institutions and universities and about 30 researchers from at l
east eight other countries－including Russia, Italy, Germany and France－have participated in the pr
oject,” said Tu, who is also director of the gravitation center at the Wuhan university.
Shen Zhiqiang, head of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, and a membe
r of the EHT team, said the success of the first black hole image has encouraged Chinese scientists to engage in mo
re international collaboration and boost the country’s ability in studying deep space.
Chinese scientists participated in Hawaii and Spain in the observations
that yielded the black hole image. They were highly involved in follow-up data analysis and th
eoretical explanation throughout the two years that followed the five-day observations in April 2017.