6 Strange Things Astronauts Have Said Space Smells Like

Wouldn’t you think space, as an airless vacuum, would have absolutely no smell? Well even the absence of a smell can hold some type of odor.


This is so incredibly interesting; all of the different smells astronauts smell.

It must smell slightly different to everyone as we all have our own sense of smell. Anything from burnt almond cookies to a metallic smell – who would have thought these strange smells would be out in space.

This astronaut said, to him, space smells like walnuts and motorbike brake pads.

This Astronaut said:


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.

It was announced in 2009 that a cloud in the center of our galaxy contains ethyl formate. This is the substance that gives raspberries their flavor, but actually smells like rum.


Buzz Aldrin said space smells like:

It was like burnt charcoal, or similar to the ashes that are in a fireplace, especially if you sprinkle a little water on them. 

This astronaut said it smells like wet clothes after a day in the snow.


Thomas Jones told Space.com:


Space-Universe-252When you repressurize the airlock and get out of your suit, there is a distinct odor of ozone, a faint acrid smell.


What do you think space would smell like to you?


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