Planetary Simulant Database: ALS Arizona Lunar Simulant

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Mineralogy

No data available. Desai (1991) claims that the mineralogy is similar to lunar mare soil.

Bulk Chemistry

This is the chemistry for the Pomona basalt as described by Fuenkajorn and Daemen (1986)

Oxide Wt.%
SiO2 48.0-50.0
TiO2 1.6-3.2
Al2O3 13.5-16.0
FeO 7.0-12.5
Fe2O3 1.9-4.6
MnO 0.20-0.25
MgO 4.3-6.5
CaO 8.3-10.3
Na2O 2.7-3.0
K2O 0.5-1.5

Physical Properties

Property Value
Specific gravity 2.86
Simulant Name: Arizona Lunar Simulant
Current Status: Likely no longer available
Developed By: University of Arizona
Available From: N/A
Publications: Desai, C. S. (1991), Development and Mechanical Properties of Structural Materials from Lunar Simulant. NASA Technical Reports 19910015068.

Arizona Lunar Simulant was made of crushed rock from the Pomona basalt flow near Hanford, WA. It was created as a mare soil simulant to develop structural materials and ceramic composites. Apart from a brief description in a NASA technical report, there is not good documentation for this simulant and its status is unknown.

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