Martian Dirt Jar Display Kit - Mars Simulated Regolith

Martian Dirt Jar Display Kit - Mars Simulated Regolith

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This kit includes four types of Martian Soil Simulants which can be used for educational and display purposes. These kits are commonly used for classroom, museum displays, ad well as educational tools for any space nerd!

Jars have a diameter of 1.3 inches and a height of 3 inches.

Four of our Mars regolith (soil) simulants are included in the kit. 

  • MGS-1, is our Mars Global Simulant which replicates the generic sample found on Mars. We replicated this sample based on data received from the Curiosity Rover. 
  • JEZ-1 is our Jezero Crater Delta Simulant which represents the Martian area where the Perseverance Rover landed
  • MGS-1S is a Martian regolith simulant that includes additional sulfates and is commonly used for Research testing and was designed for water extraction applications. 
  • MGS-1C is a Martian regolith simulant that includes additional clays is also commonly used for Research testing and was designed for water extraction applications. 

We also sell these jars with informational posters. Those can be found here!

Read more about our Martian simulants below!

Mars Global Simulant (MGS-1) is a mineralogical standard analog based on data collected from the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover. MGS-1 is made by sourcing a spectrum of terrestrial minerals, then mixed together in specific proportions to generally replicate the  Martian surface. This is in contrast to previous Mars simulants that were typically sourced from a single terrestrial deposit (basalt or palagonite). Our simulants are an upgraded, high-fidelity alternative to the more commonly known JSC MARS-1. 

This simulant is commonly used by research institutes and organizations such as NASA, MIT, and Blue Origin for space hardware and ISRU testing. In addition, MGS-1 is used by many educational institutions for demonstrations on Martian Geology and experiments like extraterrestrial agriculture such as plant growth. 

Modified versions include MGS-1S Sulfate ISRU and MGS-1C Clay ISRU, specifically designed for water extraction applications. The root MGS-1 simulant is appropriate to test water extraction from bulk regolith.

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 rover. 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.

Exolith Lab is an at-cost organization that develops and produces Lunar, Martian, and asteroid regolith (soil) simulants. Exolith enables space exploration, science, and education by making high-fidelity regolith simulants available to researchers and students around the globe.

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