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What a little Moon dust can do


Posted on Wednesday, 6 April, 2005 | Comment icon 8 comments


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"If the Bush administration's plan to set up a base on the moon is to become a reality, scientists will first have to devise a way to deal with a tiny but ubiquitous enemy: lunar dust."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by smallpackage on 6 April, 2005, 15:21
Lets just blow as much money as we can in space, Instead of fixing earth up a bit.
Comment icon #2 Posted by pallidin on 6 April, 2005, 19:57
Wow, I must admit that I had no idea that lunar dust was a problem. But after reading about it's properties(extremely small size, jagged edges, etc...) I can now understand the concern.
Comment icon #3 Posted by spasivo on 7 April, 2005, 4:14
All true. However, I am inclined to think that moon talk is fueled by a certain propaganda aim. The U.S. is in need of engineering students, and it inspires the pre-college groups to consider technical vs Wall Street ambitions... The dust is abrasive, but it contains lots of pyroclastic glass beads, in the maria (soil) on the nearside of the Moon. They contain iron, Mg and T. The iron component, along with other iron in the regolith (soil) is attracted to magnets, so some sort of cleaning device, advanced repellant textiles, may appear in the future. Of course, water would be recycled from sto... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by whoa182 on 7 April, 2005, 4:25
Lets just blow as much money as we can in space, Instead of fixing earth up a bit. 559652[/snapback] OH heres a thought.... lets just all wait around until a rock falls to earth and kills all humans... its about survival of the species not just about going into space for the hell of it Let me remind you of what happened only a few years ago very close to home http://webfiles.uci.edu/sclancy/vid/sl_keck.mpg Keck Telescope view of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 impact on Jupiter, July, 1994 (MPEG, 1.2M) Them hits there would be like all our nuclear weapons going off a few times over... not nice
Comment icon #5 Posted by smallpackage on 7 April, 2005, 13:39
Lets just blow as much money as we can in space, Instead of fixing earth up a bit. 559652[/snapback] its about survival of the species not just about going into space for the hell of it So were going into space to look for another planet to destroy?
Comment icon #6 Posted by whoa182 on 7 April, 2005, 23:33
What? To advance in technology we had to go through all the polluting stuff, we probably had no other choice. Your life would be horribly different right now. We wont be looking for another planet to destroy because we are moving past 19th and 20th century technologies and will use other forms of energy, more clean! .
Comment icon #7 Posted by Maekrix on 7 April, 2005, 23:44
Personally I think the Bush administration should being doing more about what they started, like the Iraq War, and more about the increasing cost of fuel, as well as trying to come up with a less harmful and more useful way of getting rid of the massive amounts of trash and pollution we make.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Xyfer on 8 April, 2005, 2:18
Personally I think the Bush administration should being doing more about what they started, like the Iraq War, and more about the increasing cost of fuel, as well as trying to come up with a less harmful and more useful way of getting rid of the massive amounts of trash and pollution we make. 562323[/snapback] Hmm I agree on that definately. Fuel prices are going up and soon a lot of us will be driven straight to the poor house. As for the trash and polluting we make I mean with all the process we make in science& technology why would we worry about the ozone layer and etc..let people of t... [More]


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