Mars Regolith Simulant

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If you were to travel to Mars and scoop a handful of the surface dirt, this is exactly what you'd get. How cool is that?
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Description

This material is engineered to be chemically and physically identical to the surface dirt, also known as regolith, on the planet of Mars. This material is used by NASA to test their rovers' performance abilities on the planet and to determine how well plants can be grown on The Red Planet.

The high iron content is what gives Mars its reddish color.

Chemical composition:

  • -43.8% silicates (SiO2)
  • -18.37% iron oxide (Fe2O3)
  • -13.07% aluminum oxide (Al2O3)
  • -7.98% calcium oxide (CaO)
  • -6.66% magnesium oxide (MgO)
  • -6.11% sulfur trioxide (SO3)
  • -2.51% sodium oxide (Na2O)
  • -0.83% titanium dioxide (TiO2)
  • -0.37% potassium oxide (K2O)
  • -0.13% phosphorus pentoxide (P2O5)
  • -0.13% manganese oxide (MnO)
  • -0.04% chromium oxide (Cr2O3)

 

Manufacturer: STEMcell Science Shop

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