Due to unclear technical reasons, China postponed its resupply mission to the new space station on Thursday.
The “Tianzhou 2” manned spacecraft is expected to launch early on Thursday morning. China’s manned space program announced an extension on its website, but did not disclose the rescheduled launch time.
This will be the first mission to the main Tianhe module of the space station launched on April 29. Ten more launches are planned to deliver the other two modules of the space station, various components and supplies, and a three-person crew.
Although some people criticized China for allowing some of the rockets that carried it into space to return uncontrollably, they still believe that the launch of Tianhe was a success.
Usually, the abandoned rocket stage will usually re-enter the atmosphere on the water surface and will not enter orbit.
Senator Bill Nelson, the director of NASA, said at the time that China had failed to meet the responsible standards for space debris.
Since the first launch of astronauts into space in 2003, China’s space program has suffered relatively few setbacks, although the launch of the space station was delayed due to the failure of an early version of the large Long March 5B rocket.
Earlier this month, China also explored Mars and its rover, and has begun to send photos from the surface of the red planet.
Only the United States has successfully landed and ran a spacecraft on Mars once. This is nine times, starting with the Twin Vikings in 1976, the most recent being Perseverance Rover in February.
China also recently brought back lunar samples, which are the first lunar samples collected by any country’s space program since the 1970s, and landed a probe and a Mars rover on the less explored side of the moon.
China launched two smaller experimental space stations earlier. Due to the persistence of the United States, it has been excluded from the International Space Station, which is vigilant about the secrets surrounding China’s space program and its close military ties.
Nonetheless, the cooperation between China and Europe and other countries in the field of space has become increasingly close.