Nasa’s Orion capsule has reached the moon, passing within 128 kilometres of the lunar surface.
Astronomer-at-large Fred Watson says the process of taking astronauts to and from the moon on a routine basis could be possible by 2030.
“The expectation is that Artemis three, which is the first one of this series of spacecraft that will touch down on the moon surface, that will land in 2025 probably,” Mr Watson told Englishheadline Australia.
“So you’ve got another five years by the end of the decade to have the process of taking astronauts to and from the moon turning into something quite routine.
“I can imagine that by the end of the decade, there will be some sort of permanent base on the moon.”