Gap AEH 4: What is the dermal and ocular toxicity of lunar dust? (Closed)
Last Published:  07/30/21 01:05:31 PM (Central)
Responsible Element: Space Human Factors and Habitability (SHFH)
Status: Closed
Closure Rationale
LADTAG Report (finalized February 7, 2014) was accepted by NASA after evaluation by the Medical Policy Review Board and its peer review process. The recommended PEL was adopted in a revised NASA Standard 3001 Vol 2 Revision A in 2014. Supporting studies include:
  • Meyers, V.E. Garcìa, H.D. Monds, K., Cooper, B.L. James, J.T. 2012. Ocular toxicity of authentic lunar dust. BMC Opthamol 12(1):26.


During the Apollo missions crews reported irritation of skin and eyes after exposure to lunar dust.  However, there are no data with which to establish the dermal and ocular toxicity of lunar dusts.  The determination of the dermal and ocular hazards of lunar dust is necessary to predict and prevent any consequence that could result from insults to the integument or cornea originating from contact with lunar dust during mission operations.

Target for Closure
Risk Risk of Adverse Health and Performance Effects of Celestial Dust Exposure
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