Lost moon dust from Apollo 11 mission
Posted 23 May 2013 - 09:24 AM
I don't really trust Yahoo with news articles but this one is worth a reading. Hopefully a more reliable site will post more information.
Posted 23 May 2013 - 10:37 AM
Posted 23 May 2013 - 06:22 PM
It would be too tempting for me to slip a vial in my pocket.
So long as you kept it in a sealed vial as a unique curiosity item, fine. However, if you opened the vial and poured some out, moon dust is actually quite abrasive and potentially a health hazard to accidentally breathe, risking lung problems similar to silicosis or asbestos exposure. Unlike native Earth dust or dust from meteorites surviving the fall through the atmosphere, which get ground fine and relatively smooth, lunar dust has never been subject to any weathering and is at a microscopic level quite jagged and tends to be comprised of larger particulates than earth/ground meteorite dust.