JSC-1: A New Lunar Soil Simulant

by David S. McKay, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, United States,
James L. Carter, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, United States,
Walter W. Boles, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, United States,
Carlton C. Allen, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, United States,
Judith H. Allton, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space IV

Abstract:

A new lunar soil simulant, JSC-1, has been developed and characterized under the auspices of the NASA Johnson Space Center. This simulant was produced in large quantities to satisfy the requirements of a variety of scientific and engineering investigations. JSC-1 is derived from volcanic ash of basaltic composition, which has been ground, sized, and placed into storage. The simulant's chemical composition, mineralogy, particle size distribution, specific gravity, angle of internal friction, and cohesion have been characterized and fall within the ranges of lunar mare soil samples. JSC-1 is available for only the cost of shipping.



Subject Headings: Lunar materials | Volcanic deposits | Particle size distribution | Soil analysis | Federal government | Chemicals | Cohesive soils | Minerals

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