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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Source: Universe Today
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