The hazards of Moon dust

Despite all the attention lavished on Moon dust, we still don't know what effect the stuff has on human lungs ... which is kind of a big deal, considering the fact that the dust has busted through every vacuum seal its ever faced. And eaten through layers of moon boots. Basically, you can imagine Moon dust as those tiny shards that get left on the floor when you break a glass and inevitably end up embedded in your foot four days later. At The New Yorker, Kate Green writes about efforts to better understand the effects of Moon dust on various materials and how engineers are trying to find new ways to control it before humans return to the lunar surface.

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  1. For a long time I assumed we'd never established permanent human habitation on the Moon because of the expense, and I know that's still part of it, but it seems like this is one of many technical hurdles to be overcome. If I were working in the space program I'd be thrilled by the challenge.

    As an outsider I want to grab the Moon by the shoulders and yell "Why are you making this so difficult?"

  2. So, fast internet via laser link on the plus side, Pneumoconiosis on the downside when staying at the Lunar Hilton?

  3. Or you could take up smoking, the tar might just act as a binding agent.

  4. miasm says:

    Solution: Manufacture vacuum seals from moon dust.

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