What is Space Sand?
Space Sand is ordinary sand that has been exposed to the
vapors of a silicon compound called trimethylhyroxysilane. This process changes the composition of the
surface of the sand and makes it unbondable with water- hydrophobic (water
You can make your own magic sand by spraying sand with
silicone spray! Compare to the sand in
The closest thing to sand from Mars
The soil of Mars is reddish in color, very dry and resembles
dusty sand. It exhibits hydrophobic
properties at first. It is theorized that this is because it has not been
exposed to water in over 13 million years!
Space Sand is being used in experiments covering the Mars Exploration!
Experience the Magic of Space Sand in Water
your Space Sand into a cup of water;
the silvery layer between the sand and water;
stalagmite figures, shapes and even letters underwater;
- Use a
spoon to remove the sand from the water and watch it magically dry as it
Make A Sand Raft!
sprinkle your space sand on top of water;
- If you
leave small amount on the surface of the water, it will float;
- As you
add more Space Sand, it will sink, penetrating the surface tension of the
The Many Uses of Space Sand
Sand has been used to clean up oil spills and is called “oil seeker” sand.
- It is
used to improve the growth of plants by providing aeration for the roots.
- It has
been used by utility companies to speed the process of underground repairs
in frozen areas.
other applications include golf course sand traps, racetracks, sand boxes,
construction, and ground water filtration!
of your own fun ideas!
You can turn your Space Sand into ordinary sand!
your Space Sand in cooking oil.
your Space Sand into different concentrations of rubbing alcohol.
some dish detergent to water with Space Sand.