How To Fake The Moon

From Atomic Frontier.

NASA’s Artemis missions have generated a new interest in lunar simulant for testing our future spacecraft and equiptment on the harsh surface of the moon. I visited the University of Central Florida’s Exolith Lab to find out how we’re making LHS.

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0:00 That’s no moon
0:36 We need better simulants
3:11 Make the moon
6:41 Bake the moon
10:26 Results

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Hi, I’m James. I explore the world looking for engineering stories which explore complex issues in interesting ways. I studied Mechanical Engineering from the University of Western Australia and am currently undertaking a PhD in space robotics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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