Lunar Cancer: Breathing In Moon Dust Is Extremely Toxic

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Space agencies have been working hard to get humans back to the Moon. But, this is not really the greatest place to be, in case you were wondering.

The astronauts who were on the Apollo 11 mission back in 69 may not have had any health incidents while they were on the lunar surface, according to a mission report from NASA.

But it seems they knew that the lunar dust could irritate their lungs. It was reported that it even started to degrade their spacesuits.

At the moment, scientists have collected even more evidence that the Moon dust is really terrible for humans.

Lunar dust reacts with human cells badly 

Experts at Stony Brook University in NYC have studied samples of dust aka regolith from the lunar surface, and they found that it could react with human cells to create the so-called hydroxyl radicals. These are highly reactive particles that have been liked to cancer, according to the New Scientist.

“It’s a major health concern for future astronauts,” Donald Hendrix, leader of the study at Stony Brook University,” says New Scientist. And this is not even all as it gets worse.

There’s another study which has found that the lunar dust could cause damage to the cells’ DNA and this can also lead to cancer eventually.

This study has exposed mouse brain cells, and human cells as well to simulated lunar soil and the results were discouraging.

90% of human lung cells and mouse neurons died, as Universe Today revealed.

As a conclusion, the toxicity of lunar dust is going to be a big problem for any human planning on wandering around on the surface of the Moon in the future. “Dust is the number one concern in returning to the Moon,” says Apollo astronaut John Young, as quoted by New Scientist.


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