How will future astronauts, especially those who have been stationed on the moon’s surface for a long time, cope with the disturbing lunar dust,media Slash Gear reported. Researchers don’t yet know what the ultimate solution to the problem is, but researchers at the University of Colorado-Boulder have come up with a possible solution. The method is called a dust shredder, and the team has published a new study detailing the use of electron beams to “remove” lunar dust with low-energy and negatively charged particles.
The reaction of lunar dust (or lunar soil) to an electron beam is to jump off the surface on which it settles. In the future, astronauts may use this electron beam to “dust off” space suits and other objects. The work was inspired by NASA’s ongoing efforts to return humans to the moon for long periods of time, as well as reports from astronauts who have been to the moon about the moon’s soil. According to the astronauts, the moon is “boring”, difficult to clean with a brush, smelly, and — the key problem is that it is “sticky” because it is charged.
According to the researchers, this “sticky” moon is a bit like the stickiness of socks that have just been removed from the dryer. That’s why people use negatively charged particles, a safe activity, to remove lunar dust, which causes them to disperse from the surface, while ordinary brushes don’t work.
While research is still necessary, which may not be the final solution to the problem, the study says it has been successful in using this method to remove moon-like soil created by NASA on a variety of surfaces, including glass.