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Is the Moon toxic to humans ?

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


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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."

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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....


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