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I never knew Lunar dust was an issue

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#1 t_image

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 09:35 PM

Maybe this is not new to some, but is an eye-opening topic about a usually overlooked part of Lunar geology: surface dust....

Who knew it was such trouble for the Apollo astronauts?

great WIRED article here:

 

https://www.wired.co...unar-ambitions/


Edited by t_image, 21 May 2019 - 09:37 PM.

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 10:31 PM

Yes indeed, that stuff sticks to everything and is also equipment and health hazard. One more thing to make a ~permanent colony~ on the moon challenging!



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Posted 21 May 2019 - 10:49 PM

Indeed, is not only annoying, is abrasive. Astronauts reported and scientist confirmed that Lunar dust has sharp edges and had properties described as "corrosive" to equipment and human beings. This is one of the reasons it is argued that we should skip the Moon altogether and move on to Mars. Since Mars has at atmosphere, and wind, and erosion, its dust is much more "rounded" and not as damaging as the Moon's.



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Posted 21 May 2019 - 11:24 PM

Very interesting article.  Thanks for posting it.



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Posted 22 May 2019 - 12:03 AM

I actually read the whole thing! Not often I get linked to something about those missions I have not ran across before. Thanks t-image for posting it!


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#6 Dave Mitsky

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 12:32 PM

Martian dust presents its own set of problems.  It contains silicates, which cause silicosis, perchlorates, which are toxic, and possibly gypsum, which can build up in the lungs.

https://www.newscien...human-missions/

 

https://mesothelioma...sks-going-mars/

 

http://www.thespacer.../article/3424/1

 

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 09:48 AM

This is one of the reasons it is argued that we should skip the Moon altogether and move on to Mars. 

Another reason is that we have been warned off by Aliens. 




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