Researchers in Australia have developed a substance that closely resembles the soil found on the Moon.
Led by Dr Leonhard Bernold, the team came up with a lunar soil simulant that is aimed at making it possible to test out resource gathering and construction on the Moon without having to leave the Earth. The soil can also be mixed up to create a waterless concrete, a potentially vital building material for future settlers on the lunar surface.
"We now know a lot about the mechanical properties of the regolith on the moon so we can create something that simulates it," said Dr Bernold. "We have tried to match it as close as we can."
"Australian researchers have developed a substance that looks and behaves like soil from the moon’s surface and can be mixed with polymers to create ‘lunar concrete’, a finding that may help advance plans to construct safe landing pads and mines on the moon."
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