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The World's Only Supplier of Mojave Mars Simulant, Developed by NASA to Simulate the Surface of Mars. Kits, Samples, and Bulk Quantities Now Available
The World's Only Supplier of Mojave Mars Simulant, Developed by NASA to Simulate the Surface of Mars. Kits, Samples, and Bulk Quantities Now Available
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Humanity is going to Mars. Not just because we want to, but because we may need to. In order for our species to survive in the long term, some of us must leave Earth for good.

Before we can live on the Red Planet, we have to figure out where we'll live, how we'll breathe, and most importantly - how will we eat? 

We created The Martian Garden to help enable Citizen Scientists in the quest for a method to support agriculture on Mars.

The Martian Garden Kits include everything you need to grow plants in simulated Martian soil. Our research-grade soil blend is based on NASA and JPL research and sourced from the same suppliers.

 

 

No Mars Soil has ever been returned to Earth. 

In order to develop the most recent NASA missions to Mars, NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed a material that could simulate the soil on Mars. Using data from Mars landers and Earth-based observations, NASA and the JPL identified several sites on Earth that have similar composition to the soil and rocks found on Mars.

We're working exclusively with suppliers that operate the same sites where NASA and the JPL have obtained their Mars Regolith (Soil) Simulant. This ensures that you're receiving a research-grade sample that is as close as Earth can come to Mars.

 



There are many uses for Mars Regolith Simulant beyond plant growth. For example, can you create a structural material by adding superglue? Can you create a color of paint that's only found on Mars? The options are limitless - that's where citizen science, and backers like you come in!

We're offering a variety of backing levels to suit all budgets and interest levels so that anyone can participate in the journey to Mars.

 

We have suppliers standing by for all components of The Martian Garden and we're ready for assembly and fulfillment.

In order to ensure that we deliver rewards on time, we've secured three separate supplies of Mars regolith simulant. Each supply that we have selected is based exclusively on NASA and JPL research, and in each case, we're using the exact same rock deposits for our source material.

 

The Journey to Mars will require humanity to learn new ways of doing things that we've been doing since the dawn of civilization. Before we can live on Mars, we have to learn how. Do your part to help humanity on the Journey to Mars with The Martian Garden!

 

Risks and challenges

Our team has extensive experience developing, assembling, and shipping complex technical projects. We know the importance of planning a campaign to every detail. We're extremely confident that we can deliver The Martian Garden on time and without issues by proactively managing risk before the campaign even begins.

The critical component in The Martian Garden is the Mars Regolith Simulant. We have identified the exact sources used by NASA and the JPL in the development of their own Mars Regolith Simulant. After identifying the sites, we identified the suppliers that are currently operating the sites. As of now, we have three suppliers to choose from, and we can source any quantity of Mars Regolith Simulant necessary to complete the project.

Other than Mars regolith simulant, all the components involved in The Martian Garden are readily available and we have quotes from suppliers.

When it comes to shipping and logistics, we have a great relationship with our suppliers and are already equipped to print shipping labels in large batches. We've also already shipped complete Martian Garden Kits to beta testers, so we know the precise cost of shipping all of our rewards.

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    Spirit

    Not planting a garden? Want to see what you can do with simulated Mars soil? Get a 20g Sample Jar!

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    Already have a garden or container for your plants? Just get the essentials! 200g of simulated Mars soil, seeds, and a sticker!

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    • Mars Regolith Simulant Sample (400g)
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    The Martian Garden Starter Kit! Includes everything you need to start your garden right away.

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