Because of its high iron concentration, which can be picked up by a magnet, lunar dust has been discovered to be very poisonous. It’s a special type of regolith on the moon, made up mostly of impact-created glass with nano-sized metallic iron particles. There is a link between airborne particulate matter and cardiovascular illness and mortality, according to epidemiological studies. In instrumented large animals exposed to concentrated ambient particles, there is evidence of immediate cardiovascular consequences. The challenges encountered on Earth with ever rising urban pollution and exposure to automotive brake iron packed dust are exemplified by Neil Armstrong’s solitary spacewalk, which resulted in heart failure and inhalation of fatal lunar dust.
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William J. Rowe
Medical University of Ohio, Toledo, USA.
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