“Moon”, our planet's natural satellite covered with mystery and fantasy. Humankind always dreamed of to travel the furthest point of the known universe by making moon their launch pad. However, would it be scientifically possible? Will the erection on the moon lunar park, farms will come out of Hollywood movies set ever? According to scientists, the possibility of settling down in space or the Moon is thin. The reason is the moon dust. But what moon dust has to do with living on the moon? Well, to find out, we have to time travel. Let's head back to 1969!
One practical example can be found from the Apollo mission. When astronauts came back from the moon, according to them, the moon dust that clung to their spacesuits caused numerous discomfort. For instance, their eyes were watery and throat was getting sore. Clearly, there was something wrong in that dust.
How Moon-dust poses a real-life threat?
To begin with, space is not a natural habitat for us, humans. Scientists have discovered that a human body in space for more than 50 days goes through severe adverse changes. The most significant changes are weakened blood flow and the formation of blood clots in the jugular veins. The list doesn't end here! There are several more dangers lurking in the darkness of the cold space. Cosmic radiation, weightlessness and UV rays, to name a few. However, if you cleverly bypass all these problems, the chances to build something on the surface of the moon still remains highly unlikely due to the moon dust.
Moon dust is sharp and if inhaled it can create all sorts of problems. This happened with astronaut Harrison Schmitt. The cosmonaut when came into contact with the dust during one of his missions, he went through uncontrollable sneezing, excessive eye irritation, and clogged sinuses. If you think one could simply extract the particles from the body, then you are underestimating. Just think like this, if the dust can penetrate through state-of-the-art space suit, once it gets inside the human body what chaos it could create in our body?
So, does humankind have to lose hope? No. Not yet. NASA is planning to send humans to the moon again by 2024 under their Artemis program. Russia & China have also shown quite a bit interested to build a platform on the moon. So what it has to do with moon dust? Well, because they intended to send humans on the moon, they are spending billions on R&D to solve life-threatening issues. And without any doubt, Moon dust is on their priority list. So what do you think? Do you believe, we as humankind have the potential to settle on the Moon ever?