What does space smell like?

Reply Fri 17 Oct, 2008 08:32 pm
Ever wondered what space smells like? Fried steak and hot metal say scientists

Outer space smells like fried steak, hot metal and welding a motorbike, scientists said today.

Nasa has commissioned Steven Pearce, a chemist and managing director of fragrance manufacturing company Omega Ingredients, to recreate the smell of space in a laboratory.

His research will be used to help astronauts prepare for the conditions they will encounter in space.
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Reply Fri 17 Oct, 2008 08:37 pm
@Robert Gentel,
cool i wonder why?
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Reply Fri 17 Oct, 2008 08:45 pm
@Robert Gentel,
I bet space smells just like this!
Reply Sat 18 Oct, 2008 11:03 am
In space, no one can hear you ... (fill in here) ...

PS How would they know and how would it be possible? Doesn't sniffing involve actual breathing?
Reply Sat 18 Oct, 2008 01:41 pm
Yeah...and isn't space REALLY low on molecules?

I suspect they speak of what space CAPSULES smell like.
Reply Sat 18 Oct, 2008 01:55 pm
That's a lot more likely to be right.
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Reply Sat 18 Oct, 2008 01:55 pm
They could open a vile and then put the top back on while they are out on one of their space walks, and then bring it back inside the space station, open it and smell.

Otherwise, I think it would be pretty hard to do. Even when the one guy last year or so that was out repairing something on the space station got a tear on the sleeve of his space suit he had to get inside really quick.

If it is as stated, I don't think I would douse myself in "Space" before a date.
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