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v1.0mars_analog

Overview:

The v1.0mars_analog is our custom developed Mars simulant. We use this in the Mars Farm to replicate the regolith environment on mars. The analog is based on data published by NASA/JPL on the chemical makeup of Martian regolith. Using this data we were able to source rocks from the Mojave desert and Hawaiian islands, filling in the difference with the utilization of pure elements, to create a simulant that shares over 75% accuracy with the red planet.
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Full Chemical Make Up:

 Compound:
Silica
Iron Oxide
Aluminum Oxide
Calcium Oxide
Magnesium Oxide
Sulfate
Other
  
 v1.0mars_analog:
49%
11%
17%
10%
>1%
6%
~6%
  
 Mars:
~44%
~18% 
~9%
~6%
~7%
~6%
~11%