Space smells like steak

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25 Responses to “Space smells like steak”

  1. PaulR says:

    Maybe the smell comes from all the microscopic body parts floating around, leftover from all sorts of space battles everywhere…

  2. TYR says:

    “We think it’s a high energy vibration in the molecule and that’s what we’re trying to add to it now.”

    Someone from NASA said that? That’s like an ad for quantum homeopathy. I see it was in the Sun, so it’s reasonably good odds they made it all up.

  3. Wanon says:

    How do you know if you’ve been spacewalking too long?

    When you come inside you start smelling like a medium-rare steak.

  4. zuzu says:

    A1: It’s how space is done.

  5. Xydexx says:

    The universe is DELICIOUS.

  6. JFlex says:

    This has all been explained in this documentary:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaFZTAOb7IE

  7. Cool Products says:

    @ #8: Haha, seriously right. All the tax money for space exploration and this is the kind of stuff we are figuring out.

  8. fanomas says:

    xeni posted that back in 2006, anousheh ansari returned from space and said it smelled like burnt almond cookies:

    http://www.boingboing.net/2006/09/30/ansari-back-from-spa.html

    the post has updates that elaborate on the smell of space, etc.

  9. mdh says:

    Zuzu, do you suppose all that dark matter they’re always looking for is actually steak sauce?

  10. dexdoomsday says:

    I’ve also read that space also smells like…

    “it is definitely not the olfactory equivalent to describing the palette sensations of some new food as “tastes like chicken.” The best description I can come up with is metallic; a rather pleasant sweet metallic sensation. It reminded me of my college summers where I labored for many hours with an arc welding torch…”

    full(small article)

    http://www.timemachinego.com/linkmachinego/2008/02/12/the-smell-of-space/

  11. SomeGuy says:

    Rick @ #12

    I sure as hell don’t believe those flimsy suits can block 100% of cosmic radiation.

    Mmmmm…..astronaut. It’s the other red meat.

  12. Johnny Cat says:

    Mmmm, steak. Mmmm+, steak dipped in dark matter.

  13. mabwiddershins says:

    I find it odd that “Omega Ingredients” rather than NASA is spreading the news that space smells like fried steak.

    Even more intriguing is the NASA Cafeteria Menu for this past week, which includes a $5.00 Country Fried Steak Dinner.

    See http://larc-exchange.larc.nasa.gov/LaRCExchange/Cafemenu.html.

    Coincidence? I think not.

  14. 13tales says:

    So that’s the terrible secret of space… I was wondering.

    Or possibly the terrible secret of steak, if you want to look at it from another perspective.

  15. FoetusNail says:

    “The best description I can come up with is metallic; a rather pleasant sweet metallic sensation. It reminded me of my college summers where I labored for many hours with an arc welding torch repairing heavy equipment for a small logging outfit. It reminded me of pleasant sweet smelling welding fumes. That is the smell of space.”

    So space likes something between welding fumes and steak.

    http://www.boingboing.net/2008/02/20/astronaut-describes.html

  16. zuzu says:

    So that’s the terrible secret of space… I was wondering.

    Do you have steak in your house?

  17. nearlycanadian says:

    All those toasty stars, they’re probably smelling planets cooking.

    Mmmm. Meat planet.

  18. Guysmiley says:

    And the Moon smells like burnt smokeless gunpowder. Weirdness.

  19. Tony Moore says:

    i’ve never wanted anything more than to go to space after hearing this.

    My God, it’s full of steak!

    -T

  20. FoetusNail says:

    o0ps

  21. Rick. says:

    That wouldn’t be roasted astronaut they’re smelling through the suits, would it?

  22. classic01 says:

    That’s predictable. And the moon is made of cheese!!!

  23. TEKNA2007 says:

    I’ve always assumed space smells like diaper. Glad to know I’m wrong about that — the future is looking much more pleasant!

  24. MrScience says:

    #17 … No. If you RTFA, you’d see this was a perfume maker. :)

    The space agency has commissioned Steven Pearce of British fragrance firm Omega Ingredients to recreate the smells to help train spacemen.

  25. E0157H7 says:

    I think that if I took off my space suit after being possibly exposed to a plethora of weird radiation and smelled steak, I’d flip right out.

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