China delays space walk for six months

China are holding off on a space walk – but their prowess (regardless of reliance on Russian technology) is increasing.

China’s planned space walk mission has been put back by six months and will not now take place until 2008.

The scheduled launch of the Shenzhou VII rocket will be the country’s third manned mission, but senior consultant to the country’s space programme, Huang Chunping, admitted that “Shenzhou VII was a complicated program that needed careful tests and trials”, New Scientist reports.