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Lunar Dust 101Largely due to rock and soil samples returned during the Apollo program, much has been learned about the composition and properties of lunar regolith. Although, for the most part, the mineral composition resembles terrestrial minerals, the characteristics of the lunar environment have led to very different weathering processes. These result in substantial differences in the particle shapes, particle size distributions, and surface chemistry. These differences lead to non-intuitive adhesion, abrasion, and possible health properties that will pose challenges to future lunar missions. An overview of lunar dust composition and properties will be given with a particular emphasis on possible health effects.
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Gaier, James R.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
November 18, 2008
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
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Meeting Information
Lunar Dust Filtration and Separations Workshop(Cleveland, OH)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS WBS 936374.03.03.03
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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