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Title: JMSS-1: A new Martian soil simulant Planetary science
Authors: Zeng, X
Li, X
Wang, S 
Li, S
Spring, N
Tang, H
Li, Y
Feng, J
Keywords: basalt
Issue Date: 2015
Citation: Zeng, X, Li, X, Wang, S, Li, S, Spring, N, Tang, H, Li, Y, Feng, J (2015). JMSS-1: A new Martian soil simulant Planetary science. Earth, Planets and Space 67 (1) : 72. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: It is important to develop Martian soil simulants that can be used in Mars exploration programs and Mars research. A new Martian soil simulant, called Jining Martian Soil Simulant (JMSS-1), was developed at the Lunar and Planetary Science Research Center at the Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The raw materials of JMSS-1 are Jining basalt and Fe oxides (magnetite and hematite). JMSS-1 was produced by mechanically crushing Jining basalt with the addition of small amounts of magnetite and hematite. The properties of this simulant, including chemical composition, mineralogy, particle size, mechanical properties, reflectance spectra, dielectric properties, volatile content, and hygroscopicity, have been analyzed. On the basis of these test results, it was demonstrated that JMSS-1 is an ideal Martian soil simulant in terms of chemical composition, mineralogy, and physical properties. JMSS-1 would be an appropriate choice as a Martian soil simulant in scientific and engineering experiments in China's Mars exploration in the future. @ 2015 Zeng et al.; licensee Springer.
Source Title: Earth, Planets and Space
ISSN: 13438832
DOI: 10.1186/s40623-015-0248-5
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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