The following is an excerpt from rt.com | October 1, 2018 |
NASA may have the technology to visit the real Red Planet but a Florida university is still selling the US space agency faux Martian dirt for intergalactic farming and exploration experiments.
The simulant red soil was developed by the University of Central Florida (UCF) and chemically remodeled on samples picked up by the NASA Curiosity Rover.
According to the researchers, who recently published news of their standardized Mars simulant in the journal Icarus, the faux space dirt contains rare compounds found on Earth to mimic the dust found on Mars.
It’s hoped the simulant, which is being sold at $20 per kilogram (much cheaper than a trip to space), will be a key material for future experiments concerned with creating Red Planet machinery as well as farming techniques.
An order has already been placed by the Kennedy Space Center, with one of the Florida university’s head researchers warning that it is essential standardized Martian soil is developed so risky exploration projects don’t fail when people eventually do touch down on the alien planet.
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