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Developed By: University of Central Florida
Available From: CLASS Exolith Lab
The LHS-1 Lunar Highlands Simulant has been developed by the CLASS Exolith Lab. It is a high-fidelity, mineral-based simulant appropriate for a generic or average highlands location on the Moon. The simulant is not made of a single terrestrial lithology, but accurately captures the texture of lunar regolith by combining both mineral and rock fragments (i.e., polymineralic grains) in accurate proportions.
The particle size distribution of the simulant is targeted to match that of typical Apollo soils. Currently we do not simulate agglutinates or nanophase iron, and it has not been demonstrated that doing so is necessary to capture the major properties of lunar regolith with simulants.
Mean Particle Size: 60 µm
Median Particle Size: 50 µm
Particle Size Range: <0.04 µm – 400 µm
Bulk density*: 1.30 g/cm3
*Note that bulk density is not an inherent property and depends on the level of compaction
Photo Credit: Matthew Villegas, Exolith Lab