Short Title: Dust Last Published:  11/23/20 11:55:09 AM (Central)
Element: Exploration Medical Capability (ExMC)
Evidence:  Report
Risk Master Logic Diagram:  Diagram
Point of Contact:  Kris Lehnhardt
HRP Risk Status: Active [current research ongoing]
Risk Ratings and Dispositions per Design Reference Mission (DRM) Category
DRM CategoriesMission
OperationsLong-Term Health
LxCRisk Disposition *LxCRisk Disposition *
Low Earth Orbit6 monthsNot ApplicableNot ApplicableNot ApplicableNot Applicable
1 yearNot ApplicableNot ApplicableNot ApplicableNot Applicable
Deep Space Sortie1 month1x2Accepted1x2Accepted
Lunar Visit/
1 year1x3Accepted1x4Accepted
Deep Space
1 year1x2Accepted1x2Accepted
Planetary3 yearsTo Be DeterminedTo Be DeterminedTo Be DeterminedTo Be Determined
Note: LxC is the likelihood and consequence rating. The Low Earth Orbit DRM does not involve dust issues within the scope of this risk. The information above was last approved by the Human System Risk Board in 8/2019.
Risk Statement
Given the unique properties of lunar and other celestial bodies' dust, there is a possibility that exposure could lead to serious health effects (e.g., respiratory, cardiopulmonary, ocular or dermal harm) or to crew performance impacts during celestial body missions.
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