WilliamSager
To live on the moon or any foreign lunar or planetary body requires we first develop a self contained nuclear reactor. Ad the danger of silica dust and it's starting to seem we may never leave Earth.
SimonClarke
Planning for known issues is all that matters. firstly the use of suits that attach to vehicles will minimise dust ingress. For fixed based facilities there just needs to be cleaning rooms, floor mounted extraction / filtration systems, anti static dust removal (This is how a lot of the dust adheres to the suit), also having people cleaning the suit before removal or venturing inside the habitat.
with two weeks of sunlight and two weeks of dark. solar panels and storage batteries will be required.
VincentWolf
Spock would say that it's illogical to consider living anywhere else but planet Earth. With the time required for colonizing planets in other solar systems so immense--it's doubtful except for a mass migration caused by destroying our own planet would have any hope of success. And were rapidly going about that so man should be extinct soon.
windykites
It is stated that the dust has been caused by meteor impacts. This generates heat, and the particles would melt and form spherical globules. why are the particles rough?
As the dust was difficult to remove, there should have been samples available from the space suits. Strange no-one thought of collecting a cupful from the moon's surface. Surely the rock samples were coated in dust?
The incredible photos from Mars show that we don't need to actually go there. it is futile, in my opinion.
Paul Muad'Dib
Even if we find a way to keep moon dust from being a health and mechanical problem we will still need to figure out how to deal with the radiation problem.
SimonClarke
windy
while you are correct that on earth Meteorite impacts can create spheres. a lot of the dust is like volcanic ejecta, it's all sharp edges, unlike sand, it's never been rubbed against anything to have these edges rubbed off. they did collect samples of this on the moon landings. I'm just reading John Young's book 'Forever Young' and he describes them doing just that.
Herasblog
Well at least it is phosphorescent moon dust. Oh it is not? Then you should really think about why the moon "glows." And yet it is black when it crosses in front of the sun during an eclipse. Why is that? We know why.
Uncle Robot
The only way we will be able to colonize Mars or the moon is to terra-form it remotely beforehand. At the rate we are going with destroying Earth it seems unlikely we will be able to achieve that in time.
McDesign
Herasblog - tell us! Delineate your science, SVP - inquiring minds want to know!
Bruce Golden
hhmmm … so really is NOT a study of moon dust if NOT studying moon dust. If is a real issue due to near-term return on manned flights to the moon then check with NASA and the Russians about real moon dust material (or send a moon dust retrieval mission.