What would happen if you lived on Mars?

What would happen if you lived on Mars?

What would happen if you lived on Mars?

Unlike Earth, Mars doesn’t have a global magnetic field and thick atmosphere to protect its surface from radiation. If you were to experience some unfortunate incident, a message sent home to Earth would take an average of 15 minutes to get there.

You get 1 one pound bag of each of the Mars simulant and the Lunar simulant with free shipping.

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

My Lunar simulant is the exact chemical match of the original LHS-1 Lunar Highlands Simulant

You get 2 one pound bags with free shipping

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.

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