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MGS-1C Clay ISRU
MGS-1C Clay ISRU
MGS-1C Clay ISRU
MGS-1C Clay ISRU

MGS-1C Clay ISRU

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1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds

All Exolith Lab products are intended for research and STEM education purposes. By purchasing, you agree that the product will be used for research and STEM education purposes.

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

MGS-1C is a modified version of the root MGS-1 simulant, and is enriched in hydrated clay minerals (smectite). This represents the Reference Case “C” in the NASA Mars Water In-Situ Resource Utilization Study.

MGS-1C is specifically designed for ISRU water extraction studies; the M-WIP study concluded that hydrated clay deposits are advantageous for water extraction on Mars, and may be much easier to access and excavate than permafrost deposits.

Mineralogy

Mineral Wt.%
Smectite 40.0
Plagioclase 16.4
Glass-rich basalt 13.7
Pyroxene 12.2
Olivine 8.2
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.

Oxide Wt%
SiO2 44.8
Al2O3 9.8
CaO 15.3
Fe2O3 12
K2O 3.4
MgO 9.9
MnO 0.1
P2O5 1
TiO2 0.4
SO3 2.3
Cl 0.5
Cr2O3 0.1
NiO 0.1
SrO 0.2
Total 99.9


Physical Properties

Mean Particle Size: 24 µm

Particle Size Range: <0.04 µm – 1000 µm

Angle of Repose (Avg): 38.9°

Photo Credit: Abigail Glover, Exolith Lab

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