If you were thinking of harnessing the plethora of solar charge that is supposed to pile up at moon’s polar craters, you are on the wrong page, I fear. Instead, the accumulated charge will adversely ‘affect surface chemistry, static discharge, and dust cling.” As is predicted by NASA’s Lunar Science Institute team, lunar explorers need to brace themselves to face another hazard that awaits them through their future excursions.
NASA researchers illustrated through computer simulations how solar wind flows into deep polar valleys and craters floor, and during the process, it unusually electrifies the side of the mountain or crater wall with a negative charge. This might erode lunar surface and affect recently discovered water molecules. Moreover, it will create charged lunar dust that could abate spacesuits, and if tracked inside spacecraft, it may cause problems relating to breathing as well.
NASA will launch the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission in 2011 that will look for the dust flows.
Via: TG Daily