Outer Space Smells Like Fried Steak

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"Houston, there appears to be a steak-laden alien vessel in low earth orbit, and it's comin' in hot."

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To help train astronauts, NASA has hired a chemist, Steven Pearce, to recreate the smells of space. Astronauts interviewed after spacewalks reported smelling peculiar odors on their suits and helmets. Pearce: "For them, what comes across is a smell of fried steak, hot metal, and even welding a motorbike, one of them said." [via The Presurfer]

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