Planetary Simulant Database

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Mineral Abundance
Analcime ?
Plagioclase ?
Pyroxene ?
Mica ?
Calcite tr
Quartz tr

*tr = trace

Bulk Chemistry

Oxide Wt.%
SiO2 41.9
TiO2 1.31
Al2O3 16.02
Fe2O3 14.6
MnO 0.21
MgO 6.34
CaO 12.9
Na2O 2.66
K2O 2.53
P2O5 0.34
Total 98.9

Physical Properties

No data available

DNA-1 De NoArtri

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Simulant Name: DNA-1 De NoArtri
Availability: Not Available
Fidelity: Basic
Developed By: Alta SpA
Available From: N/A
Publications: Cesaretti, G. et al. (2014), Building components for an outpost on the Lunar soil by means of a novel 3D printing technology. Acta Astronautica, 93, 430-450.

DNA-1 is a lunar mare simulant created in Italy for testing 3D printing with regolith. It was developed to be a cost-effective alternative to JSC-1A and CAS-1. The simulant was made from natural volcanic material close to Bolsena Lake in Italy.

The name DNA is a play on words in Tuscan-Roman slang, and roughly translates to “we made it”. According to G. Cesaretti, the experiments are no longer operating and there appears to be no plan to further develop the simulant.


Photos of 3D-printing with DNA-1 from Cesaretti et al. (2014):