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Space stinks!

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Post Tue Sep 25, 2007 3:53 pm

Space stinks!

I was nursing my girl yesterday after she was struck down by a mystery virus (probably the alien one from peru) and of course I was made to sit and watch a mandatory episode of Oprah with her. One of 'The Oprah's' guests is a bird who apparently is the first female space tourist, having spent 10 days aboard the ISS.
Anyway at one point she mentions that after docking with the ISS they open the hatch and the cosmonaut's tell her to get ready to take a big whiff as this is the only time she will be able to smell 'space' which she then describes as smelling like a burnt cookie.

I was a bit perplexed by this as I asked myslef "how can a total vacuum have a scent'. So I had a bit of hunt around and found many an article about space having a smell but little explaining the phenomena. The only thing my limited brain cells could conclude was that either something is reacting to the cosmonaut kit or there are post big bang particles floating around that have scent. Either that or the entire universe is a giant intergallatic cookie recipe that went pear shaped,

Post Tue Sep 25, 2007 5:34 pm

Burnt cookie?

Hmmm. Dark matter .... why not dark smell?


Ha ha ha.

Musty watches Oprah! Musty watches Oprah!

Edited by - Indy11 on 9/25/2007 6:34:44 PM

Post Tue Sep 25, 2007 7:31 pm

I too, must mock you for watching that trash. Ha ha! *Points and laughs* As for the scent, I suppose the question is; can scents exist in a vacuum? In addition, the other question is whether or not the scent itself was altered through its interaction with the atmosphere in the shuttle, etc.

Post Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:40 pm

I think a more pertinent question here is "what is a vacuum doing inside the space station" (and not an Electrolux either....)

Post Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:04 pm

There must be scientific evidence that proves the "big bang theory" is really
nothing but a gigantic fart that was accidentally ignited by some unsuspecting alien.
I'll bet that's what that "burnt cookie" smell was.

Post Tue Sep 25, 2007 11:13 pm

Musty watches Oprah! Musty watches Oprah!

Stop teasing me! The other half made me watch it! *runs to the corner and starts sobbing like a little girl*
and leave Britney Spears ALONE!

Edited by - mustang on 9/26/2007 12:16:30 AM

Post Wed Sep 26, 2007 12:39 am

Scent is just particles aren't they?

If you took a can of deoderant and sprayed it in space - those particles which make the scent would "disperse" not disappear and die! (actually they may just freeze into a giant lump if it's not in the suns rays due to it's propellant and therefore fail ).

However, bet they're just playing a game of "gullable person" - see who can say the strangest thing and watch it back on the news / Oprah.

Surely Nasa site will have something

Post Wed Sep 26, 2007 12:46 am

RCS Thruster exhaust, if i had to guess... either that or the spaceward side the of the docking hatch venting materials, or the docking hatch seal mechanism, or any other of at least twenty different components that could be giving off a smell...

I'm with J Dawg though... What is a vacuum doing on a space station? wouldn't they pressurise the seal before opening it?

Post Wed Sep 26, 2007 1:36 am

The air lock, would allow "Space" to enter the station when an astronaut leaves and enters the station and the area is repressurized.

Post Wed Sep 26, 2007 6:11 am

I'm going to have to beg to differ on that one Finalday... their capsule (or shuttle or whatever) docks with the station, they pressurize the airlock, and open the door. Though they may shut the door at night to keep the rodents in, I highly doubt that they close the doors and cycle the airlock every time someone needs to go through. Just open the door and leave it open. Besides, filling the airlock with well... air would expel most anything else inside it, and lets also not forget that a vacuum is the absence of stuff. If someone wants to really tell us how space smells, have them go out there, take of their helmet, and take a deep breath before they start trying to sell us the first solar-powered intergalactic plug-in air freshener...

Oh... and Britney Spears is a Cylon!

Edited by - J Dawg on 9/26/2007 7:12:42 AM

Post Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:11 am

I'm willing to bet that "space" really isn't a vacuum. Just an extreme lack of
barometric pressure.

Post Wed Sep 26, 2007 8:19 am

I was refering to the airlocks they use for space walks. Those would allow particles inside the station.

Post Wed Sep 26, 2007 8:59 am

and lets also not forget that a vacuum is the absence of stuff.

Space aint empty

Post Wed Sep 26, 2007 9:46 am

unlike the people who watch Oompah Windbag, who are (in the main) vacuous to the nth degree. Just like Oompah, really.

You should be ashamed, Muskrat. Worse, you admitted to it.

Space scents, rubbish. That's almost as daft as Mrs Taw believing that if you type "Google" into "Google," you'll break the internet.

Britney's a Cylon? does she know?

Edited by - Tawakalna on 9/26/2007 1:22:44 PM

Post Wed Sep 26, 2007 11:27 am


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