I'm Chels. I blog about science, art, tennis, and my adventures in journalism. Officially, I'm a Science Writer at Brookhaven National Lab and I blog for them, too. Unofficially, I'm pretty awesome.

Or, you know, owsome.

flavors.me | burning questions owsome mosaic | twitter | instagram psssst: say hello



What does space smell like?

It’s strange to think that the near-vacuum of space could have a smell, and stranger still that humans—atmospheric creatures—can actually experience it. Astronauts have consistently reported the same strange odour after lengthy space walks, bringing it back in on their suits, helmets, gloves and tools. It’s bitter, smoky, metallic smell—like seared steak, hot metal and arc welding smoke all rolled into one. NASA have asked a chemist, Steve Pearce, to reproduce the smell to use during acclimatization training, mapping out the likely chemistry using natural materials to mimic the odor for accuracy. It’s believed that the smell is caused by high-energy vibrations in particles that mix with the air when brought inside. In the future, we might even recreate the smell of the moon, Mars, Mercury or any place in the universe, provided we have the right chemical information. In fact, we can even recreate the smell of the heart of the galaxy—astronomers searching for animo acids in Sagittarius B2, a vast dust cloud in the middle of the Milky Way, have reported that due to a substance called ethyl formate, it smells and tastes of raspberries and rum—much more pleasant than seared steak and metal.

Read an interview with Steve Pearce

— tanya b.

The Milky Way has a taste?! All my childhood dreams are coming true. 

(via newshour)

Source: sciencesoup

7,167 notesShowHide

  1. trappedintolife reblogged this from sciencesoup
  2. whorehouse-ahndaniel reblogged this from yilunai
  3. ir1916 reblogged this from gaixn
  4. soonxkyu reblogged this from gaixn
  5. geo-na reblogged this from hyoseong-jun
  6. hyoseong-jun reblogged this from gaixn
  7. gaixn reblogged this from yilunai
  8. yilunai reblogged this from sciencesoup
  9. exylice reblogged this from stable
  10. cephetacean reblogged this from sciencesoup
  11. doodnoedge reblogged this from psychicpunk
  12. contentmint reblogged this from quantumspork
  13. plurality reblogged this from sciencesoup
  14. ashynarr reblogged this from panoramiccc
  15. theawesomegryffindor reblogged this from imturningintoademon
  16. imturningintoademon reblogged this from captiver
  17. libnalara reblogged this from passarinho
  18. chemicalworldnews reblogged this from sciencesoup
  19. kuhrystuhrae reblogged this from memewhore
  20. sl33pwhenimd34d reblogged this from tessellating-constellations
  21. fromacrossthewater reblogged this from copewitit
  22. mellamohermosa reblogged this from marcescentfleur
  23. marcescentfleur reblogged this from captiver
  24. captiver reblogged this from sciencesoup
  25. sophietheadventurer reblogged this from safe-inside-the-sound