If you are planning to join the first Moon colony, you might want to read the latest report from NASA which found that moon dust is actually quite harmful to humans. A recent study published in the April issue of the journal GeoHealth found that moon dust produces what some described as “lunar hay fever.” Indeed, it might give you Moon Lung if you live there long enough.
The study recounts an interesting account of Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt who breathed in some moon dust after a lunar walk in 1972. He came down with lunar hay fever with a sore throat, sneezing, and watery eyes. It could have been worse.
Moon dust is highly toxic, very small, and very sharp. It is a dangerous combination that can kill up to 90 percent of the lung and brain cells. Moon dust never erodes due to the lack of wind and thus remains sharp. It can also travel with solar winds and adhere to clothing due to a type of lunar static cling.
NASA has been combating the dust with systems that remove it or repeal it, including covering surfaces with an Electrodynamic Dust Shield that uses electrically charged panels repel dust.