On Tuesday, China successfully launched a new rocket and prototype spacecraft, according to state media. China plans on one day operating a permanent space station and sending astronauts to the moon.

The Long March 5B rocket took off from the Wenchang launch site in the southern island of Hainan and eight minutes later an unmanned prototype spaceship successfully separated and entered its planned orbit, according to the Xinhua news agency.

A test version of a cargo return capsule also successfully separated from the rocket, Xinhua added.