Lunar Highlands (LHS-1) High-Fidelity Moon Dust Simulant
Lunar Highlands (LHS-1) High-Fidelity Moon Dust Simulant
Lunar Highlands (LHS-1) High-Fidelity Moon Dust Simulant
Scanning electron microscope image of LHS-1, magnification 50X
Scanning electron microscope image of LHS-1, magnification 100X
Scanning electron microscope image of LHS-1, magnification 500X
Scanning electron microscope image of LHS-1, magnification 1000X

Lunar Highlands (LHS-1) High-Fidelity Moon Dust Simulant

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The LHS-1 Lunar Highlands Simulant, developed by Exolith Lab, is a high-fidelity, mineral-based simulant appropriate for a generic or average highlands location on the Moon. The highlands are considered to be the “lighter” regions of the moon’s surface which is mainly comprised of plagioclase, or often referred to as Anorthosite. The simulant is not made of a single terrestrial lithology, but accurately captures the texture of lunar regolith by combining both mineral and rock fragments in accurate proportions referencing the returned Apollo mission regolith. 

The simulant is made of several terrestrial minerals, and accurately captures the texture of lunar regolith by combining both mineral and rock fragments (i.e., polymineralic grains) in precise  proportions.

The particle size distribution of the simulant is targeted to match that of typical Apollo soils. LHS-1 does not currently simulate agglutinates or nanophase iron.  However, our agglutinated simulant, LHS-1-25A, does simulate agglutinates characteristic of an intermediately mature Lunar Highlands Regolith. Custom simulated agglutinate mixes are also available upon request which can be found here.

For information on Mineralogy, bulk chemistry, and geotechnical properties, please see below:

Spec Sheet*   SDS   Constituent Report

*Previous spec sheets and data for past regolith simulant batches can be found at bottom of page.

Note that bulk density is not an inherent property and depends on the level of compaction.

The individual minerals that make up our Lunar Simulants are available here

 Spec Sheet Batch Code Date Range
Spec Sheet 001-01-001-0120 Before 06/2021
Spec Sheet 002-01-001-0621 06/2021-07/31/2023
Spec Sheet 003-01-001-0523 08/01/2023- Present

 

 1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds

To receive samples of our Lunar Highlands Simulant (LHS-1) material constituents click here

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