Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in
This news story is archived which means that, while it is still available to view, the information contained within may be outdated and the original source site/link may no longer be viewable.

For the most recent stories, please visit either the site's home page or main news section.

Is the Moon toxic to humans ?

Posted on Friday, 13 July, 2012 | Comment icon 14 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf


Image credit: NASA

 
Even with spacesuits and other protective equipment the lunar dust could prove lethal to astronauts.

A team of researchers investigating the health dangers of living and working on the Moon in future manned missions has identified the lunar dust as a potential health hazard that poses risks beyond the inherent dangers of space exploration. Comprised of sharp particles the dust could be inhaled, causing damage to the lungs and increasing the risk of cancer and other health problems. It can also cause skin and eye irritation, causing everything from skin damage to blindness. The fine dust would be likely to find its way in to living areas and equipment through airlocks and on spacesuits.

What does this mean for future manned missions to the Moon ? So far only 12 men have visited the lunar surface and they only stayed for a short time, if plans for longer trips and the construction of a moon base do go ahead then the problem of the lunar dust and its affect on astronauts' health will need to be addressed to a far greater degree in order to ensure their safety.

"An international team of researchers has attempted to quantify the health dangers of the Moon - or at least its dust-filled regolith."

  View: Full article

 Source: Universe Today


  Discuss: View comments (14)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by Darkwind on 13 July, 2012, 16:22
That's a bummer. Sounds like when you work with fiiber glass. I think Mars might have problems like that too, from what I have heard.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Super-Fly on 13 July, 2012, 16:55
meh, no diffrent to fibre glass and all that. thanks for the post.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Device on 13 July, 2012, 17:35
It's only dangerous if you have an allergy to cheese.
Comment icon #8 Posted by pallidin on 13 July, 2012, 21:05
Is the moon toxic to humans? I rather think that humans are toxic to earth. But nevermind, back on topic.
Comment icon #9 Posted by csspwns on 14 July, 2012, 2:26
how are humans toxic to earth? i dont get it
Comment icon #10 Posted by Bildr on 14 July, 2012, 3:27
how are humans toxic to earth? i dont get it ''Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.'' -Abbey, Edward That's why, but anyways it is driving the inital subjet away. I wonder, does a dome structure completely and hermetically sealed would resolve the problem? but i would assume that this would cost a LOT!
Comment icon #11 Posted by goodgodno on 15 July, 2012, 23:19
Makes sense. It will just be like the crocidolite (asbestos) we have here on Earth and the same long term effects, such as lung cancer. Mythbusters did an interesting episode where they discovered that the reason footprints were so well defined on the moon was because of the angular regolith.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 16 July, 2012, 0:09
I wonder, does a dome structure completely and hermetically sealed would resolve the problem? but i would assume that this would cost a LOT! Why would a dome make any difference? Any structure designed for human habitation on the moon would have to be hermetically sealed. The problem is that there is little point in sending people to the moon if they can never venture outside. When they return they will have picked up lunar regolith on their spacesuits. If the regolith is dangerous a way of decontamination the suits, before the astronauts remive them will need to be found.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Capt Amerika on 16 July, 2012, 15:22
According to the news, everything on Earth appears to be toxic to Humans as well. Doesnt matter what you do or where you go or what you eat or what you drink. Someone has declared it bad for us. Why should the moon be any different.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Ryu on 16 July, 2012, 15:43
According to the news, everything on Earth appears to be toxic to Humans as well. Doesnt matter what you do or where you go or what you eat or what you drink. Someone has declared it bad for us. Why should the moon be any different. Actually it is the processing and production methods of our foods and products that are becoming increasingly toxic. As for the moon, I am surprised that it is being viewed as such a big discovery...I thought NASA had this all ironed out. Oh well....


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

6036270
259243
171218

 
Entire family of mammoths goes on sale
11-21-2017
The skeletons, which include a one-year-old baby, were discovered by builders in Siberia 15 years ago.
Mystery still surrounds UFO over Oregon
11-21-2017
Back in October, aviation authorities investigated an unidentified aircraft flying over the West Coast.
Interstellar visitor is red and very dark
11-21-2017
An asteroid thought to have come from interstellar space is carrying organic carbon-based molecules.
Could dust have carried alien life to Earth ?
11-20-2017
Scientists believe that interstellar dust streams might be able to transfer organisms between planets.
Other news in this category
Interstellar visitor is red and very dark
Posted 11-21-2017 | 46 comments
An asteroid thought to have come from interstellar space is carrying organic carbon-based molecules....
 
Fireball lights up the night sky over Finland
Posted 11-18-2017 | 2 comments
A time-lapse camera captured the moment an intense fireball streaked across the sky over Lapland....
 
China to build nuclear-powered space shuttle
Posted 11-17-2017 | 6 comments
The long-term roadmap for China's space program has been revealed by one of its primary contractors....
 
New Earth-sized extrasolar planet discovered
Posted 11-16-2017 | 19 comments
Situated just 11 light years away, Ross 128 b is shaping up to be a promising place to look for life....
 
Dream Chaser completes successful glide test
Posted 11-13-2017 | 19 comments
Sierra Nevada has announced that its Dream Chaser spaceplane has completed a critical free-flight test....
 
Giant 'planet' found at the galaxy's center
Posted 11-11-2017 | 41 comments
A mysterious world 4,000 times more massive than the Earth has been found lurking 22,000 light years away....
 
China's space station could hit a major city
Posted 11-9-2017 | 35 comments
The European Space Agency has warned that there is a chance that the station could hit a populated area....
 
Enceladus ocean 'could have evolved life'
Posted 11-7-2017 | 7 comments
Scientists now believe that the ocean of Enceladus has been around long enough for life to have evolved there....
 
Proxima Centauri may have several planets
Posted 11-6-2017 | 8 comments
Observations of our closest neighboring star have revealed the possible presence of multiple planets....
 
First dog in space launched 60 years ago
Posted 11-3-2017 | 14 comments
On November 3, 1957, an unassuming canine named Laika became the first dog ever to venture in to space....
 
'Monster' planet discovered orbiting tiny star
Posted 11-1-2017 | 1 comment
The planet, which is much too big for its star, defies our current understanding of planetary formation....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ