View Post

Apollo, the Lunar Dust and NASA’s Dirty Problem

In space, Technology, Videos by Paul ShillitoLeave a Comment

Sometimes the smallest things can be one of the biggest headaches. During the Apollo missions of 1969 to 72, ┬áthe tiny particles of lunar dust turned out to be a major issue. Described as being as fine as talc but as rough as sandpaper, it also has properties that make it dangerous for both men and machines and has been cited as a bigger problem for future astronauts than radiation by some scientists. The lunar surface is covered in a thin layer of dust which has been created by the bombardment of meteorites and micrometeorites over millions of years. These …