Indicative Basic Issues About Lunar Dist in the Lunar Environment

Brian O'Brien, James R. Gaier

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“Basic” issues of lunar dust - including recent discoveries - so fundamental they affect a wide range of lunar research and exploration beyond their immediately obvious scientific disciplines, must be recognised as priorities instead of being often overlooked in scientific, engineering and operational aspects of lunar dust, itself the Number 1 environmental problem on the Moon.
Examples include (i) adhesive and cohesive forces on dust on sensitive surfaces as well as in plasmas; (ii) transport of charged dust due to local and global environments; (iii) nano-dust; (iv) collateral dust; (v) differentiation between composition of surface lunar dust and collateral dust on elevated surfaces which may
be carried into a habitat. The unexpected and/or unknown realities of such basic issues can be overlooked in focussed analyses without the consequences to expectations being fully appreciated. Such factors are vital for full successes with
future robotic and human missions to the Moon and Mars.
Four Recommendations with high or very high priorities are given together with the minimum perceived Outcome from each should it be implemented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNational Academies Planetary Sciences Decadal Survey
Number of pages8
Publication statusUnpublished - 2009

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