China made a big step forward in its space programme last night when it launched its first cargo spacecraft.
The Tianzhou-1 space freighter blasted off from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre on Hainan at 7.41pm mounted on a Long March 7 rocket.
Its lift-off comes nearly four decades after the former Soviet Union pioneered space supply ships with the launch of its Progress series, vehicles that are still in use by Russia.
The Tianzhou’s maximum payload is just over six tonnes, or a fifth…
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