Editor's note: China launched its first cargo spacecraft on Thursday night on a mission to test resupply technology for a planned manned space station. If the mission is successful, it will make China the third nation to use its own technology to conduct in-orbit refueling, joining Russia and the United States. The mission drew worldwide attention and many foreign media organizations called China's move a contribution to human spaceflight.
'America has not done this'
Morris Jones, a space expert based in Australia, said the cargo ship was a great achievement for China.
"Only Europe, Russia and China have developed freighters that can refuel a space station. America has not done this," he said.
-- South China Morning Post
Tianzhou ticks the final boxes on the list
Steadily, China has been ticking the boxes for its preparations to gain a major foothold in human spaceflight. The operations of the Tianzhou cargo spacecraft will tick the final boxes on this list of tasks.
--by Morris Jones for SpaceDaily
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