Hi there. Just wanted to let you know I’m still working on this project.
Work on the project today:
- Continued to add to, and refine, the Pyroxene, Mineral Iron, Ilmenite, and Olivine.
- Speaking of pyroxenes, it took me a bit of time to figure out the relationships between pyroxenes, pigeonite, and ferrosilite. Maybe I’m a bit slow but none of the resources I read clearly explained it. Check out the pyroxene page if you’re interested. And please let me know if I’m wrong!
- I’ve decided to not spend the time messing with data from individual Lunar samples for two reasons. First, lots of better qualified people (with better equipment) have analyzed the samples and reported their results. I’m not going to do any better. Second, my research has convinced me that the data for a specific sample, or group of samples, just isn’t relevant for figuring out how to extract and use Lunar iron. The regolith is such a complex mix of rocks, mineral, glass, metals, and other stuff that a Homesteader will never know exactly what they are getting with each batch. The samples can only give us a very rough idea of what an area might contain. Homesteaders will need technology flexible enough to handle whatever combination of stuff their particular patch of regolith contains.
- Finished data mining The Handbook of Lunar Materials.
- Started data mining Geologic History of the Moon.