The researchers noted that lunar dust
caused hay fever-like reactions in astronauts who visited the Moon during the Apollo missions.
If you want to live on the moon, it's expensive to take heavy things up there, so it would be better to use the resources which are already there, such as lunar dust
, to make all manner of things."
In addition, scientists hope to use the data to address a long-standing question: Was lunar dust
, electrically charged by sunlight, responsible for the pre-sunrise glow seen above the lunar horizon during several Apollo missions?
But if it does, you're right that it seems like there would be some mechanism to compact it." Scientists still aren't quite sure what happens to lunar dust
, and whether it moves around or mostly stays still, says Rosen.
The unmanned Jade Rabbit robot made tracks in the lunar dust
after splitting from a larger landing vehicle.
The only authorised sale of lunar material was in 1993, when the Russian government sold 0.2g of lunar dust
, gathered from the Soviet Union's Luna 16 mission.
The robotic mission is going to study the behaviour of lunar dust
, especially under the influence of the environmental condition near the surface of the Moon.
"All the Apollo crews complained about the lunar dust
getting everywhere." US astronauts first walked on the Moon in 1969, and the last explorers of the Apollo era visited in 1972.
It is carrying an Earth-to-Moon laser beam technology demonstration and three main tools, including a neutral mass spectrometer to measure chemical variations in the lunar atmosphere and other tools to analyze exosphere gasses and lunar dust
grains, NASA said.
The robotic LADEE's mission will orbit the moon to gather information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust
, NASA said.
In fact, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is also looking at this nature-inspired technology as a way to keep lunar dust
from adhering to space materials and equipment (NASA, 2007).
It orbits Earth, it is made of rock and lunar dust