space smells

07 Sep

VenusHubbleUltravioletFor rookie astronauts flying aboard the International Space Station, the food is good, the rocket thrusters are loud and there’s an odd tang in the air – apparently from outer space.

“It’s a very, very different environment than I expected,” Discovery shuttle pilot Kevin Ford, a first-time spaceflyer, said from orbit late Friday.

One of things Ford wasn’t ready for is the weird smell.

“From the [spacewalks] there really is a distinct smell of space when they come back in,” Ford said from the station in a Friday night news conference. “It’s like…something I haven’t ever smelled before, but I’ll never forget it. You know how those things stick with you.”

Now that is something I am going to put on my wish list.

<scribbling> Hitchhike to outer space, smell random planets, the Milky Way and all the astronauts that I may bump into on my way there. Preferably those who have not been on orbit for more than two months: ).


Posted by on September 7, 2009 in smellscape


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2 responses to “space smells

  1. Iulianus

    September 7, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    You need to smell some aliens as well. The smellscape of the universe.

  2. sheherzadah

    September 7, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Yeah, I thought of that but somehow it doesn’t sound that tempting: ).


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