Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Cosmic Stench

Didn't know this, or forgot it in the intervening 50 yrs.
Moon dirt smells.
A big question facing the NASA team planning the Apollo 11 moon landing was what the moon’s surface would be like—would the lander’s legs touch down on firm ground, or sink into something soft? The surface turned out to be solid, but the real surprise was that the moon had a smell.

Moon soil is extremely clingy and hard to brush off, so when Armstrong and Aldrin returned to the lunar module and repressurized it, lunar dirt that had clung to the men’s suits entered the cabin and began to emit an odor. The astronauts reported that it had a burned smell like wet fireplace ashes, or like the air after a fireworks show.

Scientists would never get the chance to investigate just what the crew was smelling. While moon soil and rock samples were sent to labs in sealed containers, once they were opened back on Earth, the smell was gone. Somehow, as Charles Fishman, author of One Giant Leap, says, “The smell of the moon remained on the moon.”
And in five more successful missions they didn't investigate further? What can they be hiding?
For the post-literate, One Giant Leap discussed by the typist. And a sincere & heart-felt fuck you to hell to C-SPAN, which doesn't provide an embed code for its stupid videos. Not sure I should give them the satisfaction of linking;
on the other hand it's not as if anyone will read this, let alone bother to click to yet another load of codswallop.

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