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*Twin Pack* Lunar and Martian Soil Simulants as used by NASA


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*Twin Pack* Includes lunar and martian soil simulant cards.

NASA’s exploration plans for the Moon and Mars created a need for materials science and technology research. Part of the research required the use of Lunar and Mars soil simulants for materials experiments, prototype testing, dust mitigation of transport equipment, advanced life support systems and in situ resource processing.

JSC-1A standard lunar mare regolith simulant is the 1mm and smaller particle size simulant that is most commonly used by NASA. It has been produced to support NASA’s future exploration of the lunar surface. JSC-1A was mined from a basaltic volcanic ash and engineered to achieve the desired grain size and distribution to match that of the most common lunar regolith soil.

JSC-Mars-1A is a palagonite tephra (glassy volcanic ash altered at low temperatures) collected from the slopes of a cinder cone on the island of Hawaii and engineered for the correct grain size and distribution that matches that of the martian surface. This material has been repeatedly cited as a close spectral analogue to the martian surface and the chemical composition compares to that of a typical martian surface sample analysed at the Viking 1 site.

Vials of soil simulant on info card (approx 0.5g in vial)

Vials are glued onto a colour Postcard sized card with info about soil simulants and come in a clear cellophane protective envelope.

Ideal as a present, an ‘Out of this world’ gift or stocking filler.