NASA is working with the U.S. Geological Survey to develop a realistic moon dust substitute. The team is mining rocks in Montana, which are then cut down and transported to Denver, Colo. Once in Denver, the rocks are crushed into a fine dust, which will be used to simulate the moon’s dust. This is all done in support of NASA training to return astronauts to the moon.
Real moon dust sticks to spacesuits and can be inhaled into human lungs. It’s important for astronauts to train with something similar to have a realistic understanding of life on the moon. This fake moon dust will also be tested to see what purpose it can serve, such as in making concrete.