29 September 2008

Watch out for the Dust

Photo source:
Yarl @ Wiki

Got this interesting bit of news in my feed today ... on an unrelated side note: anyone unfamiliar with moern tech jargon will wonder quite a abit about that noun.

Back to topic at hand.

This Science Daily article in particular talks about Moon Dust.

It's an interesting insight into the dust problems facing astronauts who buzz off to the moon (yes, yes, the well known one and not that other one).

To make matters worse, lunar dust suffers from a terrible case of static cling. UV rays drive electrons out of lunar dust by day, while the solar wind bombards it with electrons by night. Cleaning the resulting charged particles with wet-wipes only makes them cling harder to camera lenses and helmet visors.