LMS-1D Lunar Mare Dust Simulant
LMS-1D Lunar Mare Dust Simulant
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LMS-1D Lunar Mare Dust Simulant

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1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds

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Developed By: University of Central Florida
Available From: CLASS Exolith Lab

Spec Sheet 

The LMS-1D Lunar Mare Dust Simulant has been developed by the CLASS Exolith Lab for dust mitigation experiments and other applications where very fine dust is needed. LMS-1D is made of the same base material as LMS-1, our 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. This dust simulant contains only particles finer than 30 μm.

Mineralogy

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

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 46.9
TiO2 3.6
Al2O3 12.4
FeO 8.6
MnO 0.2
MgO 16.8
CaO 7.0
Na2O
1.7
K2O 0.7
P2O5 0.2
LOI* 0.9
Total** 99.0

*Loss on ignition

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


Physical Properties

Particle size range: 0-32 μm
Mean particle size (by volume): 7 μm
Bulk density*: 0.70 g/cm3
*Note that bulk density is not an inherent property and depends on the level of compaction

Photo Credit: Emma Torregrosa, Exolith Lab