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Apollo LSS

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Simulant Name: Apollo Lunar Soil Simulants
Availability: Not Available
Fidelity: Standard
Developed By: Apollo program (various)
Available From: N/A
Publications: Sibille, L. et al. (2006), Lunar Regolith Simulant Materials: Recommendations for Standardization, Production and Usage. NASA Technical Reports.

Sibille et al. (2006) describe a series of historical simulants produced during the Apollo program, simply called Lunar Soil Simulant (LSS). An expert group developed 5 such materials, LSS-1 through LSS-5. These were crushed basalts from Napa, California.

These simulants were not well documented and are no longer available, although a derivative called Napa Valley Basalt simulant (NVB) may still be around.