Written in language that non-geologists can easily understand, this book provides basic information about the lunar regolith and simulants. It explains how simulants are produced, what sources exist, and what processes are used for their production. It emphasizes the cost structure of simulants and the limitations of existing models. Chapters cover terrestrial sources of simulant components and processing technologies for production of simulants. The text supplies figures, photographs, charts, a glossary, and extensive references for further study.
Size Distribution Versus Time
Nature of an Impact
Generation of Agglutinates
Lack of Sorting Relative to Terrestrial Rocks
Description of Lunar Samples
Apollo Collection Tools, Curation Handlings, Surveyor III, and Soviet Luna examples
Post-Apollo Lunar Missions and Datasets
Terrestrial and Lunar Geological Terminology
Description of the Lunar Regolith
The components of Lunar Regolith
What We Do Not Know and Probably Need to Know about Regolith Properties
About Problems Identified During Apollo
About Building and Operating an Outpost
About Utilizing the Moon’s Resources
About Basic Regolith Properties
Lunar Regolith Simulants: Feedstocks, Existing Simulants, New Methods of Preparation
Development of LHT-3
Elements of Regolith Simulant Cost Structure
Complex Costs, Including Development
Elements Generally Present
A Simple Cost Example
Figure of Merit
Doug Rickman is employed by NASA at the Marshall Space Flight Center. He received his doctorate at the University of Missouri, Rolla in 1981. His training and experience covers a very broad range: mineral exploration, image processing, remote sensing, software development, medical applications, and computer systems integration.
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