Who would have thought that space actually has a distinct smell? NASA has a hired a scent chemist to recreate this smell in order to train future astronauts. If we will get to smell it, we are going to have to wait and see, but what does space really smell like? According to astronauts space stinks and it’s a rather unpleasant scent. Since it’s so peculiar NASA wants to prepare their astronauts what they, and their noses, are getting into.
Some say that space’s scent is similar to seared steak or hot metal, but since only so few people have actually been to space and smelled it first hand, it makes it hard to pinpoint the exact scent.
“Mixing anecdotal discoveries together — Pearce, the London scent chemist, says that seared steak and hot metal actually fall in line with each other and “lead us to conclude that the sensation is caused by some high-energy vibrations in particles brought back inside which mix with the air” — with the recent discovery of ethyl formate in space’s dust particles (that’s the same matter that gives raspberries their flavor), and there’s a strong starting point for recreating the possibly sulfurous-like smell of space.” (Newsfeed, Time)