What Does Space Smell Like?


One of the most surprising things about space is that it has a smell, NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins told Reddit readers this past summer. But how is that even possible? In episode 15 of Speaking of Chemistry, Matt Davenport sticks his nose into the science behind astronomical aromas and celestial body odors.

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Fireworks Fashion, Extraterrestrial Smells
Volume 92 Issue 44 | p. 56
Issue Date: November 3, 2014

The ‘Perfume’ of 67P/C-G
Web Date: Oct. 23, 2014

Apollo Chronicles: The Mysterious Smell of Moondust
Web Date: Jan. 30, 2006

The Moon Smells: Apollo Astronauts Describe Lunar Aroma
Web Date: Aug. 25, 2014

Astronaut Describes Missions and Smell of Space
Web Date: Feb. 25, 2014

What Does Space Smell Like
Web Date: July 18, 2013

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