Jezero Delta Simulant (JEZ-1) - Perseverance Landing, Mars Space Dirt for Education and Research
Jezero Delta Simulant (JEZ-1) - Perseverance Landing, Mars Space Dirt for Education and Research
Jezero Delta Simulant (JEZ-1) - Perseverance Landing, Mars Space Dirt for Education and Research
Jezero Delta Simulant (JEZ-1) - Perseverance Landing, Mars Space Dirt for Education and Research
Jezero Delta Simulant (JEZ-1) - Perseverance Landing, Mars Space Dirt for Education and Research
Jezero Delta Simulant (JEZ-1) - Perseverance Landing, Mars Space Dirt for Education and Research
Jezero Delta Simulant (JEZ-1) - Perseverance Landing, Mars Space Dirt for Education and Research

Jezero Delta Simulant (JEZ-1) - Perseverance Landing, Mars Space Dirt for Education and Research

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$55.00
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50-100 kg $41.25
100-1000 kg $38.50
1000+ kg $35.75

 

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The Jezero Delta Simulant (JEZ-1) was made to simulate anticipated materials in the Jezero Crater deltas that will be investigated by the NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance rover. Exolith Lab is able to simulate this from orbital data of the Jezero Crater and was quintessential for the preparation of the Perseverance Landing. The Perseverance Rover’s main mission is to seek signs of ancient life and collect samples of regolith to possibly return to Earth. This mission will bolster the understanding we have of Martian Regolith, and further propel ISRU Research around the world, of which Exolith Lab will be a leader.

The simulant is a mixture of MGS-1 mineralogy with smectite clay, Mg-carbonate, and additional olivine that have all been detected from orbital remote sensing in the Jezero delta deposits.

The state of lithificaiton, mineralogy, and grain size distribution are likely variable throughout the Jezero deltas; JEZ-1 represents unconsolidated material, but can be compacted under various pressures to form a more cohesive solid.

All of our Martian simulants are an upgraded, high-fidelity alternative to the more commonly known JSC MARS-1.

For information on Mineralogy, bulk chemistry, and geotechnical properties, please see below:

Spec Sheet*      SDS       Citation 

*Previous spec sheets and data for past regolith simulant batches can be found at bottom of page.

Mineralogy

Mineral Wt.%
Olivine 32.0
Anorthosite 16.0
Glass-rich basalt 13.5
Pyroxene (Bronzite) 12.0
Mg-carbonate 11.0
Smectite 6.0
Mg-sulfate 2.4
Ferrihydrite 2.1
Hydrated silica 1.8
Magnetite 1.1
Anhydrite 1.0
Fe-carbonate 0.8
Hematite 0.3

Bulk Chemistry

This table shows the relative abundances of each element detected by X-ray fluorescence (XRF). The relative abundances of elements detected by XRF in geological samples are quantified as oxides. In the simulant, these elements are contained in the minerals described in the Mineralogy table above, and not necessarily in oxide form. These data are from the Hamilton Analytical Lab.

Oxide Wt%
SiO2 36.4
TiO2 0.4
Al2O3 8.0
FeO 11.9
MnO 0.1
MgO 25.6
CaO 4.6
Na2O
0.9
K2O 0.3
P2O5 0.1
LOI* 10.0
Total** 98.4

*Loss on ignition

**Excluding volatiles and trace elements; see spec sheet.

Physical Properties

Mean Particle Size: 70 µm

Particle Size Range: <0.04 µm – 1000 µm

Bulk density*: 1.54 g/cm3

Angle of Repose (Avg): 42.2°

Note that bulk density is not an inherent property and depends on the level of compaction.

Publications: Cannon, K. M., D. T. Britt, T. M. Smith, R. F. Fritsche, and D. Batcheldor (2019), Mars Global Simulant MGS-1: A Rocknest-based Open Standard for Basaltic Martian Regolith Simulants. Icarus, 317, 470-478.

*Spec Sheet (Before 06/2021)

*Spec Sheet (6/2021-Current)

We would love to hear about the success of your research. If you have any information you'd like to share with us, please send us an email at exolithlab@ucf.edu

Photo Credit: Abigail Glover, Exolith Lab

 

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