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Lunar Mare Simulant
(LRS-M)

Lunar’s Maria are large plains on the lunar surfaces. They are mostly composed by basaltic material erupted from volcanic activity. Maria are found around the equatorial areas, while basaltic plains are not common on the polar basins. On the other hand,¬†Maria are rich in Fe and Ti, making them an interesting location for in-situ resources applications.

Simulant specifications

Simulant name

LRS Lunar Mare Simulant

Simulant type

Basic/Standard

Reference material

Apollo average maria samples

Mean particle size

75 µm

Particle size range

<10 – 1400 µm

Major elements chemestry

Oxide

Ref. MIN [wt%]

Ref. MAX [wt%]

LRS-M [wt%]

SiO2

37.60

48.80

46.96

Al2O3

8.48

13.90

15.65

FeO

17.80

22.50

9.92

MnO

0.22

0.29

0.15

MgO

5.95

11.60

5.98

CaO

9.42

12.00

9.85

Na2O

0.23

0.66

3.43

K2O

0.03

0.29

1.50

TiO2

1.46

12.10

1.94

P2O5

0.03

0.18

0.52


Mineralogy

Mineral

Abundance [wt%]

Anorthosite

10

Glass-rich Basalt

90

Minerals Breakdown:

Anorthite albite

36.42

Pyroxene

18.45

Olivine

4.32

Alkali feldspar

12.24

Other silicates

9.09

Others

19.48

Particle size distribution

Trace elements

Element

Abundance [wt%]

Cr

0.0723

Mn

0.0943

Co

0.0061

Ni

0.0238

Zn

0.0055

As

0.0003

Rb

0.0027

Sr

0.0574

Zr

0.0170

Nb

0.0059

Mo

0.0012

Ba

0.0315

W

0.0002

Hg

0.0002

Ta

0.0029

Tl

0.0001

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