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The Moon’s dirtiest secret: Does its dust levitate?

The Moon’s dirtiest secret: Does its dust levitate?

This is a serious mystery left over from the Apollo missions which has significant ramifications not only for future research (the dust would interfere badly with any astronomical observatories) but also for any colonies that are eventually established.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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  • wodun

    How different would life on Earth be if the Moon didn’t absorb so much light?

  • Chris Kirkendall

    Very odd penomenon – if there were an appreciable atmosphere on the Moon, it wouldn’t be unusual, but given it’s pretty much a vacuum, it’s hard to see how this could happen. But the electrostatic charge theory makes sense to me…

  • Wouldn’t you just sinter the regolith around a lunar base so dust isn’t a problem?

    Ya know, like the way we put down concrete and asphalt around buildings in dusty areas here on Earth.

  • Pzatchok

    That is an idea.
    I never thought of laser cintering the surface to harden it. But its a good Idea.

    But think about it. once the habitat is built all you have to do is statically charge the surface to repel the dust.

    Your not doing a huge amount of moving work outside the dome.

    Any mining will be best done underground in safety. Safe from most radiation and the dust can be moistened to keep it down like they do in hand rock mining now.

    The tunnel walls could be cintered to help and eventually cemented over somehow to keep the atmosphere in better.

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