According tomedia reports, on Earth, dust is not a popular thing, on the moon, it is not only unpopular but also may be a destructive force, it may threaten human exploration efforts. It is as sharp as a razor and sticks to anything it touches. A team led by researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder has come up with a new way to deal with lunar dust, including using electron beams to remove particles from the moon’s surface.
It sounds sci-fi, but it has great potential.
The team targeted NASA-made alternatives to lunar dust, which they called “a device that emits a concentrated (and safe) stream of negatively charged, low-energy particles.” “
In the experiment, the researchers put the space suit fabric and glass into a vacuum chamber and carried out the experiment, and the results were surprisingly good.
“It (dust) really jumps up,” said Benjamin Farr, lead author of the study.
How serious is the dust problem? NASA issued an appeal to college students in July to find new ways to address the problem. According to NASA, dust in space can damage things including spacesuits, equipment, spacecraft, habitats, and it can mask camera lenses, degrade technical performance, distort instrument readings, alter thermal properties and even cause equipment failure.
With NASA hoping to establish a sustained human presence on the moon through its Artemis project, the deadline for solving the challenge of lunar dust is looming.
If NASA sticks to its ambitious plan, it will be able to send humans to our neighbor, the moon, by 2024. The agency is considering building habitats there for longer-term tasks.
Dealing with this dust may require a multi-pronged approach. NASA is also developing a coating technology to help lunar exploration equipment stay away from dust.
Although the electron beam has succeeded in removing most of the simulated lunar dust, there is still room for improvement. “It’s working well, but it’s not good enough, and we can’t end there,” Farr said. “The researchers’ immediate goal is to make this technology more effective.