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Why is moon dust sticky ?

By T.K. Randall
April 24, 2009 · Comment icon 6 comments

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A scientist who has studied the question for four decades believes the answer lies in the Sun's ultraviolet and x-ray radiation giving the dust a positive charge and therefore making it stick to spacesuits and anything else it touches.
One of the biggest problems facing America's space agency as it prepares to return to the moon is how to manage lunar dust. It gets into everything. Worse, it's sticky, adhering to spacesuits and posing a potentially serious health hazard to future colonists."


Source: LA Times | Comments (6)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by www375 15 years ago
Green cheese gone bad???
Comment icon #2 Posted by crystal sage 15 years ago
It looks like it is damp... .. found this... according to the astronauts moon dust smells like gunpowder!!! Jack Schmitt said that he got an allergic reaction to it... history's first recorded case of extraterrestrial hay fever. http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/home/30jan...ofmoondust.html Moondust. "I wish I could send you some," says Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan. Just a thimbleful scooped fresh off the lunar surface. "It's amazing stuff." Feel it--it's soft like snow, yet strangely abrasive. Taste it--"not half bad," according to Apollo 16 astronaut John Young. Sniff it--"it smells like sp... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by crystal sage 15 years ago
Apollo astronaut Jack Schmitt says skiing on the moon is possible, and he's invented a new way to do it. http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/home/17jan_jack.html
Comment icon #4 Posted by Harriet C. 15 years ago
A scientist who has studied the question for four decades believes the answer lies in the Sun's ultraviolet and x-ray radiation giving the dust a positive charge and therefore making it stick to spacesuits and anything else it touches. He spent 4o years studying moon dust?? That's sad, considering I think we never landed on the moon anyway.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Der 15 years ago
He spent 4o years studying moon dust?? That's sad, considering I think we never landed on the moon anyway. ...So the NASA has the technology to take rich people to space holidays for their joy, but has never been able to land people on the moon for scientific purposes? And all the moon landings reported during the last 40 years were a conspiracy? Are you one of these people?
Comment icon #6 Posted by ActaNonVerba 15 years ago
The moon man got a little bored?


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