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Lunar dust can prevent develop Earth natural satellite

July 15, 2013, 12:20 UTC+3
Vladislav Petrov from Russian Academy of Sciences says the lunar dust is too pervasive to pass through the fine-mesh filters
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MOSCOW, July 15 (Itar-Tass) - The dust found on the Lunar surface can prevent developing the Earth’s natural satellite, a Russian scientist said.

The Lunar dust’s pervasive qualities can hamper the development of the Earth’s natural satellite, said Vladislav Petrov, who is in charge of radiation security of the Institute of Medical and Biological Problems (IMBP) of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Petrov said in addition to space radiation, which poses a threat to human beings’ activities in space, cosmonauts could face another problem - the Lunar dust. “Due to the fact that the Moon has no atmosphere, all space components, including cosmic rays, attack it permanently. The structure of the dust is practically at the level of nanoparticles. It is not radioactive, but it is too pervasive to pass through the fine-mesh filters,” Petrov said.

“This is one of the most serious problems that we’ve overestimated till now,” the scientist added.

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