Planetary Simulant Database

Free Resource for Regolith Simulant Information


There are some data for mineralogy of the analog soils given in Peeters et al. (2009) for different geographic locations.

Bulk Chemistry

No data available

Physical Properties

Angle of friction: 38°
Cohesion: 0.49 kPa
Dry density: 1840 kg/m3

Mars PJ Peruvian Mars Analog

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Simulant Name: Mars PJ Peruvian Mars Analog
Availability: Not available
Fidelity: Basic
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Publications: Peeters, Z. et al. (2009), Mars Habitability on planetary surfaces: interdisciplinary preparation phase for future Mars missions. International Journal of Astrobiology, 8, 301–315.
Valdivia-Silva, J. E. et al. (2011), Multidisciplinary approach of the hyperarid desert of Pampas de La Joya in southern Peru as a new Mars-like soil analog. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 75, 1975-1991.

The Mars PJ Peruvian Mars Analog is more properly described as an analog soil than a true simulant, but because it has been given a name it is included in the database. The soil is from a Mars analog location in a desert environment in Pampas de La Joya in southern Peru. The analog soil is described in two different papers listed above.