Simulant Database

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Name: Title

Name: LMS-1 Lunar Mare Simulant

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The LMS-1 Lunar Mare Simulant has been developed by the CLASS Exolith Lab. It is a high-fidelity, mineral-based simulant appropriate for a generic or average mare 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. LMS-1 does not currently simulate agglutinates or nanophase iron.

Mineralogy

Component Wt.%
Pyroxene 32.8
Glass-rich basalt 32.0
Anorthosite
19.8
Olivine
11.1
Ilmenite
4.3

Bulk Chemistry

Oxide Wt%
SiO2 40.2
Al2O3 14
CaO 9.8
Fe2O3 13.9
K2O 0.6
MgO 12
MnO 0.3
P2O5 1
TiO2 7.3
Cl 0.4
Cr2O3 0.3
NiO 0.2
SrO 0.1
Total 100