As per the new research, staying on the moon for the long-duration mission is harmful because of the simulated dust on Moon.
It is a long known fact that dust of moon can lead to various health-related issues. At the time of Apollo missions, the participants reported issues of watery eyes and sneezing, after returning to their spaceships.
While designing the equipment for space missions, the scientists should consider the dust and rocks of the moon, as it tends to stick on everything.
For this new research, scientists developed mouse and human cells in the lab and exposed it to the replicated dust of lunar. They reported, “The lunar dust has an impact on both the cases and could destroy or damage the DNA cells.”
Prof. from Stony Brook University and the research author, Bruce Demple, shared with Gizmodo that, “very tiny particles in a range near to astronaut can directly impact the DNA cells.”
As per the report published in GeoHealth last month, the lunar dust is different than the dust of Earth. In the absence of an atmosphere and weather, the soil of moon becomes dry and probably has active electrostatic nature. And because of the collision from micrometeorites and meteorites since billions of year have converted it into small pieces.
The findings of the study are limited, as it utilized the stimulated lunar dust in uncrushed and crushed formation. And the cells exposed to the dust were also developed in the lab, instead of living beings. But it still affirms the finding of an older study which proposed that the lunar dust is riskier for the wellbeing of living organisms.
Demple further wrote, “However, the reason of dust being harmful is not clear, perhaps it is related to the shape of dust particles, which alter or kill the DNA cells.”
The findings of this research are helpful in effectively planning the next trip to the lunar realm and maintain the well-being of the astronauts.
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