LMS-1D Lunar Mare Dust Simulant

LMS-1D Lunar Mare Dust Simulant

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

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

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

 

Physical Properties

Particle size range: 0-30 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