Exolith Lab’s goal is to enable space exploration, science, and education by making high-fidelity regolith simulants available to researchers and students around the globe.
Regolith is the layer of loose dirt that covers the bedrock of a planet. Regolith is present on many planets including the Earth, the Moon, and Mars.
A regolith simulant uses minerals found on Earth to mechanically and mineralogically replicate the regolith of another planet.
Our simulants have been used for a wide variety of research including plant growth, dust mitigation, water extraction, plume, mechanical property testing, and other ISRU research.
ISRU stands for In-situ Resource Utilization, which basically means “using what’s available on site.” Space travel is expensive, when we go back to the moon we’re not going to be able to bring everything we need with us. For instance, if we want to build houses on the moon, we can’t bring the building materials with us. We’ll have to use lunar regolith to make our own building materials.
Yes, Exolith Lab performs it’s own ISRU research.
NASA, The ESA, space companies, universities, and researchers around the globe.
A Lunar Agglutinate is a glassy matrix of Lunar Regolith produced by high energy micrometeorite impacts on the lunar surface.