09 September 2009
The Smell of Space
It was, Hubert Farnsworth, the mad scientist in Futurama who invented the smelloscope, which allowed him to smell anything anywhere in the universe. Of course that should be impossible but hey, it was a cartoon...
Strangely Discovery On reports that NASA astronauts aboard the US space shuttle Discovery have said that the space in fact does have a smell and it is strong, metallic and unique.
“There is one smell up here that is really unique though and that is the smell, we just call it ‘the smell of space’,” said NASA engineer and astronaut Gregory Chamitoff, who is on board US space shuttle Discovery.“I haven’t had a chance to do a spacewalk yet, but when the other guys did and they came back in, there’s this really, really strong metallic smell,” he added.
For rookie astronaut Kevin Ford, Discovery’s pilot, both the sounds and smells of space have surprised him.
“It’s like something I haven’t ever smelled before, but I’ll never forget it,” he said. “You know how those things stick with you,” he added.
I bet you didn’t know this, did you