I am a high school student living in Canada that needs lunar regolith for a science experiment? Anyone know where to buy simulant of it?
So there are a variety of lunar regolith simulants, however, many are commercially unavailable. One such simulant that I have had experience in the past with is known as BP-1. It is a fine dust mined in Arizona. I was unable to find a purchase link.
Another option is crushed limestone: https://www.amazon.com/Pounds-Carbonate-Limestone-Amendment-Fertilizer/dp/B00AL1E4H8 Crushed limestone usually has a comparable particle size and is readily available. It is worth noting that all of these simulants vary drastically from the actual chemical composition of lunar dust, and can only mimic the physical qualities.
One final thing to note is that many lunar regolith simulants can be somewhat dangerous in the long term due to their incredibly fine particulate size. I have been told that they are minorly carcinogenic and have first hand seen vomiting and coughs persisting for several days after extended exposure. Please, at the very least, use safety masks commonly used for dusty operations from your local hardware store and perform the task in a well ventilated area.
Here is a list of lunar simulants taken from University of Central Florida's Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science's Planetary Simulant Database
Simulants for other bodies are listed there as well. I found this link in the Open Access paper mentioned at the end
Lunar Highlands Simulants
LHS-1 Lunar Highlands Simulant 🇺🇸
MLS-2 Minnesota Lunar Simulant 🇺🇸
NAO-1 National Astronomical Observatories 🇨🇳
NU-LHT-1M/2M/3M/1D/2C Lunar Highlands Type 🇺🇸
OB-1/CHENOBI Olivine Bytownite 🇨🇦
Off Planet Research OPRH2N/H2W/H3N/H3W 🇺🇸
Lunar Mare Simulants
ALS Arizona Lunar Simulant 🇺🇸
ALRS-1 Australian Lunar Regolith Simulant 🇦🇺
BP-1 Black Point 🇺🇸
CAS-1 Chinese Academy of Sciences 🇨🇳
CLRS-1/2 Chinese Lunar Regolith Simulant 🇨🇳
CSM-CL Colorado School of Mines Colorado Lava 🇺🇸
CUG-1A China University of Geosciences 🇨🇳
DNA-1 De NoArtri 🇮🇹
FJS-1/2/3 Fuji Japanese Simulant 🇯🇵
GSC-1 Goddard Space Center 🇺🇸
JSC-1/1A/1AF/1AC/2A Johnson Space Center 🇺🇸
KLS-1 Korea Lunar Simulant 🇰🇷
KOHLS-1/KAUMLS Korean Lunar Simulants 🇰🇷
LMS-1 Lunar Mare Simulant 🇺🇸
Maryland-Sanders Lunar Simulant 🇺🇸
MLS-1/1P Minnesota Lunar Simulant 🇺🇸
MKS-1 Lunar Simulant 🇯🇵
NEU-1 Northeastern University Lunar Simulant 🇨🇳
Off Planet Research OPRL2N/L2W 🇺🇸
Oshima Simulant 🇯🇵
TJ-1/2 Tongji University 🇨🇳
Lunar Dust & Misc. Lunar Simulants
BHLD20 Lunar Dust Simulant 🇨🇳
CLDS-i Lunar Dust Simulant 🇨🇳
CMU-1 Carnegie Mellon University 🇺🇸
GRC-1/3 Glenn Research Center 🇺🇸
Kohyama Simulant 🇯🇵
Off Planet Research OPRFLCROSS1 Lunar Ice Simulant 🇺🇸
This just in!
Scroll down for the Open Access paper.
- Date: September 28, 2018
- Source: University of Central Florida
- Summary: A team of astrophysicists has developed a scientifically based, standardized method for creating Martian and asteroid soil known as simulants.
This is not fake news. A team of UCF astrophysicists has developed a scientifically based, standardized method for creating Martian and asteroid soil known as simulants.
The team published its findings this month in the journal Icarus.
Kevin Cannon, the paper's lead author and a post-doctoral researcher who works with Britt at UCF, says there are different types of soil on Mars and on asteroids. On Earth, for example, we have black sand, white sand, clay and topsoil to name a few. On other worlds, you might find carbon-rich soils, clay-rich soils and salt-rich soils, he added.
"With this technique, we can produce many variations," Cannon said. "Most of the minerals we need are found on Earth although some are very difficult to obtain."
lunar regolith simulant:
Cannon is in Montana to collect ingredients for a moon simulant this week. Moon and asteroid materials are rare and expensive on Earth since they arrived via meteorites in small amounts. That's why asteroid and moon simulants are also on the list of items that can be ordered. The UCF team can mimic most ingredients and will substitute for any potentially harmful materials. All simulants produced in the lab, meet NASA's safety standards.
Britt and Cannon believe there is a market for the simulant. At $20 a kilogram, plus shipping, it may be easier to send UCF an order, than to try and make it in labs across the nation.
The team already has about 30 pending orders, including one from Kennedy Space Center for half a ton.
The paper mentioned:
Kevin M. Cannon, Daniel T. Britt, Trent M. Smith, Ralph F. Fritsche, Daniel Batcheldor. Mars global simulant MGS-1: A Rocknest-based open standard for basaltic martian regolith simulants. Icarus, 2019; 317: 470 DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2018.08.019