Mars Regolith Soil Simulant For Science Fairs & Projects – Martian Soil for growing plants – Martian regolith simulant JSC MARS-1A.

Mars Regolith Soil Simulant For Science Fairs & Projects - Martian Soil for growing plants - Martian regolith simulant JSC MARS-1A.

Mars Regolith Soil Simulant For Science Fairs & Projects – Martian Soil for growing plants – Martian regolith simulant JSC MARS-1A.

The Martian Garden is a supplier of research-grade Mars regolith simulant, designed by NASA and JPL scientists to simulate the soil on the surface of Mars.
What food can we grow on Mars
What is the soil on Mars made of?
What nutrients are in the soil on Mars?
What is the chemical composition of Mars?
Can the soil on Mars support plant life?
Can you plant on Mars?
What minerals are in Mars soil?
What are the best plants to grow on Mars?
Can plants survive on Mars?
Can we grow crops on Mars?
What is the best way to grow plants on Mars?
How will astronauts grow food on Mars?

Find out the answers to these questions and many more using Martian regolith simulant JSC MARS-1A

This is my version of Martian regolith simulant JSC MARS-1A.

You get 2 one pound bags of Mars simulant with free shipping.

Martian regolith simulant (or Martian soil simulant) is a terrestrial material that is used to simulate the chemical and mechanical properties of Martian soil for research and experiments

After the Viking landers and the Mars Pathfinder’s rover landed on Mars, the onboard instruments were used to determine the properties of the Martian soil at the landing sites. The studies of the Martian soil properties led to the development of JSC Mars-1 Martian regolith simulant at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in 1998

Using NASA’s soil analysis I formulated my own Mars simulant for my son to use in a Mars science fair project.

The five most abundant ingredients in Mars soil account for almost 95% of the soil. The other 5% is made up of several tiny rare elements that are not easily attainable outside of NASA.

My Mars simulant is the exact chemical match of the original Martian regolith simulant JSC MARS-1A.

I mix my Mars soil in a clean lab and UV sterialze each batch before and after packing into one pound ziplock bags.

Simulants made from natural terrestrial materials will never be perfect copies of extraterrestrial regoliths.

My version of these simulants are made from premade chemical elements and are not made from any type of crushed volcanic rock.

Because of the way my simulants are made there are ” well – simulated properties” and there are “Poorly-simulated properties” in my Regolith simulants.

Well – simulated properties – Means that this element of the regolith mimics the original planetary regolith and are good for certain types of experiments.

Poorly-simulated properties – Because my simulants are not made from any type of crushed volcanic rock most of the physical regolith properties will not be represented in the simulant. If you are doing NASA or SpaceX level research then there are better choices for you out there.

Well-simulated properties

Bulk chemistry. The bulk major element chemistry of my simulants uses percentages by weight of the original published analysis and is a 100% chemical match to the original rover analysis.

Particle size distribution – I use course and fine silica sand for the silica source in my regoliths. For my lunar simulant there are published sizes from returned Apollo samples and I target these distributions using different size sieves. For My Martian simulant I use a natural power law distribution with a reasonable maximum particle size.

Volatile release. I have measured the evolved gases from my simulants during heating, and my Martian simulant accurately captured the total amount of water released compared to the reference materials. Lunar simulants are notionally dry.

Poorly-simulated properties

Particle shape. I make no effort to control the particle shapes in my simulants. Most of the processing involves course and fine silica sand going though a series of sieves, but the particle shapes may still not be angular enough to 100% mimic lunar regolith in particular.

Oxidation and weathering. My simulants contain the precise percentage of ferric iron than is likely present on the Moon, however it is not sourced from any crushed rock so the amount of oxidation and weathering effects are unknown.

Trace elements and isotopes. I make no effort to simulate trace elements, REEs, or isotopes in the simulants.

Hazardous components. Alamo Space Dirt simulants are made to be as safe as possible, and I do not include perchlorates or other superoxide species in my Martian simulant.

Reactivity. Extraterrestrial regolith samples may rapidly react or change if exposed to a humid, oxygen-rich atmosphere. Because we synthesize the simulants on Earth, they are already equilibrated with the terrestrial atmosphere, and adsorb minor amounts of water vapor in humid conditions.

You get 2 one pound bags of Mars simulant with free shipping.
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