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The Smell of Space

  1. Oct 23, 2008 #1
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  3. Oct 23, 2008 #2


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    What were they working on outside? It could be whatever residue might be on the parts of the space station they were working on that rubbed off on their suits.
  4. Oct 23, 2008 #3


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    Probbaly plasticisors and cleaning residue outgassing from the suits.

    The skylab astronauts mentioned one of the disorientating things was missing the smell of anything - the air cleaning system so efficently removed any chemical residue from the air.
    They said they opened the lemon cleaning wipes that came with the food just to have something to smell.
  5. Oct 25, 2008 #4
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    He said that it smelled similar to using an arc welder, so I would guess that it is probably the smell of ions and such deposited on the suit. Maybe some of that is ozone, but I would guess that a lot of it is lighter particles.
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