Jan 31, 200610:31 AMThe Life
The moon--a 4 billion year old desert
Jan 31, 2006 - 10:31 AMFrom The Smell of Moondust, third installment   of Science@NASA's Apollo Chronicles:
How do you sniff moondust?
Every Apollo astronaut did it. They couldn't touch their noses to the lunar surface. But, after every moonwalk (or "EVA"), they would tramp the stuff back inside the lander. Moondust was incredibly clingy, sticking to boots, gloves and other exposed surfaces. No matter how hard they tried to brush their suits before re-entering the cabin, some dust (and sometimes a lot of dust) made its way inside.
Once their helmets and gloves were off, the astronauts could feel, smell and even taste the moon.