A method for collection of lunar dust particles includes the steps of providing a magnetic field source for attracting lunar dust particles, providing magnetic proximity between the lunar dust particles and the magnetic field source, and collecting lunar dust particles by the magnetic field source. An apparatus for the collection of lunar dust particles includes a magnetic field source, a structure for providing magnetic proximity between lunar dust particles and the magnetic field source, and a structure for collecting lunar dust particles by the magnetic field source. The apparatus can be utilized with a lunar living facility, such as a spaceship or lunar base. A self-cleaning solar cell includes at least one solar panel and a movable structure having a magnetic field source adapted for translation over the solar panel to collect accumulated particles.
 The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to NASA Grant No. NAG5-9158 between the United States Department of Energy and The University of Tennessee Research Corporation.